(ZIZ News) — St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean continue to wrestle with the high incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
The federation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett said the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation is convinced that a nation’s wealth lies in the health of its people; its productive sector.
“Mr. President, my delegation is convinced that a nation’s wealth lies in the health of its people—its productive sector. We continue to wrestle with the incidents of non-communicable diseases in our country and the region. To this end, we wish to reiterate our call for a strong global response to combating the high incidence of non-communicable diseases in developing countries in particular. In our last statement to this very body, our Prime Minister stressed the need for this international body to keep on the front burner a practical strategy to address the high incidence of NCDs within the Caribbean and throughout the nations of the world,” Minister Nisbett declared.
The Minister said the federation hoped that the final report on the informal interactive hearing with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), and other organizations on the prevention and control of NCDs that was held in June will serve to build on the outcome of previous initiatives emanating from the high level meeting on n NCDs cds held three years ago.
“Mr. President, my delegation is indeed pleased to see the inclusion of non-communicable diseases in the goals and targets for sustainable development as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Indeed we support goal to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote and promote well-being for all at all ages.’ We also support the target to reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and well-being by 2030.”
Minister Nisbett added that St. Kitts and Nevis looks to the various specialised bodies of the international organisation for guidance and support in meeting the targets and indicators under all goals developed as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.