One of the Directors of the LUPUS Foundation has called on the authorities to make available a rheumatologist for Dominica.

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. But with Lupus your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.

Director Joanne Commodre says a rheumatologist would help deal with the Lupus Disease which is growing concerns especially among Dominican women.

, Joanne Commodore