Non-communicable diseases do not have to spell doom for people of the Caribbean: Bouterse

President Desire Delano Bouterse

NARRATOR: The convening of the hi-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases is a source of special pride, gratitude and accomplishment for Member States of the Caribbean Community  (CARICOM).

That according to President Desire Delano Bouterse of Suriname.

Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean community, he said that deep concern stimulated urgent efforts within CARICOM Member States as well as initiatives at the international level to enlist greater attention and focus on non-communicable diseases. He said the most notable outcome was the adoption by the General Assembly of the landmark resolution on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

TAPE:  It is clear that the NCD epidemic is a scourge, particularly for developing countries where financial resources cannot match the high cost of treatment and care of these diseases. Additionally, we are challenged by the commercialization, globalization and proliferation of unhealthy lifestyles, which will exponentially increase the number of patients.

NARRATOR: President Bouterse said the good news however, is that non-communicable diseases do not have to spell inevitable doom for the countries and peoples of the region. He said scientific and other knowledge concerning the genesis and spread of these diseases, combined with the technical capacities which are available, certainly provide a basis for identifying the actions required for responding in an effective manner.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

 Duration:  1’34″

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