Minister Bernard Focuses on Reducing Non-Communicable Diseases in Belize
Minister of Health and Wellness Kevin Bernard returned to Belize from various international meetings in the United States last week, with a list of focus areas for targeted interventions by his ministry. Bernard went to Washington DC, where he attended the United Nations National Assembly. He also chaired the 45th Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and the meeting of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Speaking on what the Ministry has planned going forward, Bernard noted that there will be an increased emphasis on interventions geared towards the reduction of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Belize.
Heart conditions, Diabetes, and Cancers are the three most prevalent NCDs in Belize and are all in the top five causes of death in the country for the past five years.