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.
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.