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Jamaicans urged to take personal responsibility for their health

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 5:04 PM
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (foreground) and a health worker attempt to remove an old tyre during Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy cleanup campaign in Mansfield, Ocho Rios, St Ann recently.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is encouraging Jamaicans to take personal responsibility for maintaining good health and keeping their immediate environment clean.

He said this was particularly important at this time, given the threat of an outbreak posed by vector-borne diseases.

“It is (also) important to remind ourselves of the implications of working towards ensuring that, not only do we secure the health of ourselves as (individuals) but also the health of our community and country,” the minister said.

He was speaking at the launch of National Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2016 at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Friday.

In noting that approximately 30 per cent of Jamaicans succumb to non-communicable diseases annually, Tufton said this figure could be reduced if persons diligently attend to their personal well-being and environment.

“We believe that if we take charge, if we keep our environment clean, if we encourage others so to do, it will have significant positive implications for us as a people, as a country and as individuals,” he contended.

National Workers’ Week is being observed from May 15 to 23, under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake, Keep It Clean’.

This year’s focus, which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Health, is based on a determination of the need to link healthy outcomes to a clean environment.

The National Labour Day Project will take place in Gregory Park and Washington Mews in Portmore, St Catherine, and will entail the identification and destruction of mosquito breeding sites.