World Leaders Commit to Tackling NCDs

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), and Head, Health Promotion & Protection Division, Ministry of Health, Dr. Simone Spence. (Photo via JIS)
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(Jamaica Information Service) Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says world leaders who participated in the third United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have committed to taking steps to tackle the issue.

“The NCD crisis is real and a danger to all of us. The statistics suggest that close to four billion of the seven-billion population of the world are afflicted by one NCD or another,” he noted.

“I think coming out of that (meeting), was a general consensus around the need to create a unified approach and message around the crisis of obesity in our countries and work together, not to replace initiatives that… countries were already pursuing, but to understand more of what each of us is doing, strengthen where we can, through collaboration, so that the message of prevention is a first line of defence to deal with this NCD epidemic,” Dr. Tufton said.

He was addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices on Monday (October 8) to provide details about the meeting held in New York on September 27 as part of the United Nations General Assembly.

The meeting included a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from conditions such as heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.

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