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More social protection, interventions needed for elderly - health minister

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 5:07 PM
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

Citing an increase in Jamaica's elderly population Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says more social protection and health interventions have to be implemented for aging citizens.

Ferguson was speaking today at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

He says the elderly in Jamaica constitute 11.3 per cent of the population, which is a growth of nine per cent in the last decade.

The health minister pointed out that the country is seeing an increase in non-communicable diseases, which affect mostly the elderly. Non-communicable diseases account for 70% of deaths in Jamaica each year.

He says a rethinking of how health systems are structured to deliver care to the nation's elderly is required.