Statement for Caribbean Wellness Week, delivered by Sen. Ann Peters - Minister for Health. St. George’s, Grenada, Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
As Minister with responsibility for health, I am privilege to inform you of Caribbean wellness week, September 04-11, 2011.
This is the fourth year of the event since the hosting of special regional summit on chronic Non-communicable diseases and signing of the Declaration of Port of Spain in 2007, which established Caricom commitment to uniting to stop the growing epidemic of CNCDs.
Caribbean wellness week provides an opportunity to rally multi‐sector partners in the promotion of healthy life style for the control and prevention of NCDs by increasing physical activity, encouraging healthy diets, limiting alcohol use and eliminating tobacco.
Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, diabetes, cancer and RTIs) is the number cause of premature death in the Caribbean. CNCDs pose a significant challenge to our health system and economy due to increased cost for treatment and reduce productivity due to frequent absenteeism. At the individual level, in many instances, the costs associated with treating CNCDs can push one into poverty.
Ministry of Health reaffirms its commitment to combating CNCDs through the strengthening of our primary health care services and collaboration with other government ministries, the private sector, NGOs and civil society organisations to develop an action plan to reduce the scourge of CNCDs on our nation. Government acting alone cannot curb the NCD epidemic. All sectors of must work together.
I endorse the effort of all stakeholders/organizations involve in the planning and implementation of this year’s activities and for their diligence over the years in sensitizing the nation of the importance of good health and wellness.