Health Minister addresses Non-Communicable Diseases at UN

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.

Since the hosting of the first-ever Summit on NCDs in 2007, which resulted in the signing of the Port of Spain Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago has continued to play a leading role in the regional fight against NCDs.

The Health Ministry says that the implementation of the strategies to combat the NCD epidemic continues to be high on its agenda.

In 2017, the Ministry of Health launched the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases - 2017-2021.

The Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago also took the decision to prohibit the sale or serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (added sugars by manufacturers and other producers) in all government and government assisted schools.

On Wednesday 26th September 2018 the Minister of Health also represented Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB), in New York.

This was the first-ever UN high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis.

The theme for the meeting was “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”.

The meeting focused on fast-tracking the efforts to end TB and to ensure that all affected people receive care.

The ministry says that participation in these meetings will support the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Ministry of Health and by extension, the government.

Decisions taken at these meetings will impact directly on the functioning of the health system of Trinidad and Tobago, and the delivery of health services to the public.