CARICOM Heads renew commitment to tackle NCDs

first_img Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have given a renewed commitment to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries. The matter was raised by  Prime Minister Mitchell during the closing press conference of the  38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada. In speaking to the issue, Prime Minister Mitchell  highlighted that it had been 10 years since the historic Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs. Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan Sep 30, 2020 Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM HarrisBasseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11. Prime Minister Harris…July 12, 2017In “Anguilla”Regional statistics strategy preparation gets nod from CARICOM Heads[su_pullquote]”We believe that the Region’s Strategy for the Development of Statistics will embody a huge basket of activities and will respond to the statistical needs of the CARICOM Region…” -CARICOM Chair, Dr. Keith Mitchell [/su_pullquote]As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to take steps to ensure that its decision-making is underpinned…July 10, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… The Grenadian Prime Minister said the Heads were aware that the Region had  fallen behind in the battle against these deadly diseases and also in fulfilling the goals of the declaration.  He said one of the most alarming signs was the high incidents of childhood obesity, a major risk factor for NCDs “We simply cannot afford to continue the lifestyle and food consumption patterns which are literally killing us”, he said. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who also spoke at the media briefing, expressed similar concerns to those raised by Prime Minister Mitchell. He said these diseases were of concern in Jamaica. He reiterated his country’s support for the various efforts being taken in the Region, particularly as it relates to smoking, sugars and the consumption of sweetened drinks. Prime Minister Holness disclosed that the Heads discussed the issue of using fiscal measures such as taxation to address the problem. He also advised that Jamaica has adopted a programme called ‘Jamaica Move’ which encourages citizens to engage in a more active lifestyle. Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, reiterated his stance that each citizen of the Region had a responsibility for his/her health. “We can put our rules and regulations, we can put our tobacco labeling we can enforce taxes on sweets and so on, but everyone of us has a responsibility for our lives as well. We do! We are the ones who feed ourselves; we are the ones who consume saturated fats, and we are the ones who are contributing to our own ill health”. He said Member States would continue to do what they have to do including embarking on more public education and utilising a holistic approach to address the issue. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele, Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI, and CARICOM Programme Manager, Health Sector Development, Dr. Rudolph Cummings CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales, Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele and Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI You may be interested in…last_img