Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

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Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – that is, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other “lifestyle” conditions. I wish the press release below did not contain so much jargon, but it points to the Ministry’s focus on much-needed primary health care reform.

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left) chairs day one of the 34th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in London on Tuesday (May 17, 2022). Seated next to him (from second left) are the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General; Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director for the Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate with the Commonwealth Secretariat; and Jamaica’s High Commissioner…

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