Non-communicable diseases place increased burden on region's economies: St. Kitts-Nevis

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Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis

The high incidence of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within the Caribbean places an increased burden on the region's open economies, which are highly vulnerable to external shocks and natural disasters, diverting resources which can be allocated to building quality infrastructure and precious human capital.

That's what the Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday.

He said the region has accepted the recommendation of the Report of the  Caribbean Commission on Health and Development that urgent steps must be taken to reverse the trends.

“Much work has been undertaken by the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and other regional bodies to reverse the high incidence of NCDs in our region. There is now a strong emphasis on testing – since the collection of empirical data is key to proper tracking and analysis. The preparation of strategic plans and budgets; and the incorporation of families and communities in education, prevention, and detection programs, are all pivotal in this regard.”

Duration:  40″

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas said his delegation is convinced that combating the   high incidence of non-communicable diseases must receive greater prominence in the Sustainable Development post 2015 Agenda.

He said it was evident that there is a strong nexus between a nation’s health status and its levels of productivity and therefore his delegation subscribes to the notion that a nation’s wealth lies in the health of its people.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’36″

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