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Tufton rallies regional colleagues to implement action plan on NCDs

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Dr Christopher Tufton

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, has renewed his call for countries in the region to be more deliberate with their action plans to mitigate against the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

He was speaking at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, today.

Tufton pointed to alarming Caribbean statistics that show that 77 per cent of deaths in the region are as a result of lifestyle diseases or NCDs.

The data also indicate that 40 per cent of these deaths are premature, that is between 30 and 69 years.

Currently, Jamaica and Barbados lead the region, having already achieved seven of the 10 World Health Organisation National NCD targets.

More than half of the other countries have reached three or fewer of the targets, with Haiti yet to achieve any.

Tufton was selected to represent the Caribbean’s Ministers of Health at the meeting.