NCDs take up 70% of Jamaica's health budget

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says non-communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country's health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century.

Wheatley said it is against this background that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that member states give this matter "full priority" by developing "policies for the prevention and control" of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.

The minister was speaking at a Diabetes outreach conference at the Jewel Resort, Runaway Bay, St Ann, on April 26, sponsored by the Universities of the West Indies, Technology and Northern Caribbean.

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