Non-communicable diseases constitute an epidemic in The Bahamas

Hubert Ingraham

Non-communicable diseases constitute an epidemic in The Bahamas. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told a High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases that the epidemic is putting a strain on the country's health system.

Minister Hubert Ingraham: In The Bahamas: one half of all public hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from NCDs, with an average length of stay of seven days; 80% of the drug costs for our National Prescription drug Plan are spent on treating hypertension and diabetes; half of all deaths of individuals 45 years and older, and 60% of all deaths are caused by this epidemic of NCDs. Health and related socio-economic costs associated are enormous.

NAR: Prime Minister Ingraham said the dual burden of non-communicaable diseases and communicable diseases has led his government to strengthen primary health care services by integrating family medicine specialists at the primary health care clinics; increasing access to medications to control NCDs with the implementation of a National Prescription Drug Plan; promoting healthy living and demonstrating that increased physical activity and a balanced diet can lead to reduced dependence on prescription mediation.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 1’15″

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