CARICOM Chair, Jamaica Health Minister discuss State of Region’s Health Sector

CARICOM Chair Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris (l) in discussion with Jamaica's Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (c) and Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales (r).
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 16, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, recently sat down with the Minister of Health in Jamaica Dr. the Honourable Christopher Tufton for talks which focused primarily on the region’s health agenda.

Also present during those discussions, which were held on Friday, June 14 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, was the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hospedales.

Prime Minister Harris serves as the lead Head for Health and Human Development in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.

The two Caribbean ministers shared updates on a number of regional health initiatives, addressed the current state of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean and discussed the achievements of CARPHA under the leadership of Dr. Hospedales.

Jamaica Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, CARICOM Chair and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, and CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales

Prime Minister Harris and Minister Tufton also spoke in length about the broadening of the “Caribbean Moves” campaign which is an initiative to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases and ways to combat them.

The campaign, which is already operational in Jamaica, promotes regular physical activity and healthy eating through exciting and fun programmes.

Prime Minister Harris indicated that this campaign is expected to be launched in St. Kitts and Nevis in the coming weeks.

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