Tackling chronic, non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension is just as important as addressing climate change according to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis Wednesday.
In his address at the opening session of the CEO Network conference, Dr. Minnis said the scourge of CNCDs must be addressed in order for the country to have. More productive and healthy labour force.
“Tackling chronic, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is not only an urgent social and moral imperative,” Dr. Minnis said.
“Tackling such diseases through healthcare measures, education, tax policy and other measures, is also about productivity and a healthier workforce.
“It is as essential as addressing the tremendous threats posed by climate change.”
Dr. Minnis said his administration will lead one of the “most ambitious efforts in our history” in order to reduce obesity and improve nutrition. This includes addressing the high rate of childhood obesity in The Bahamas.
He also noted that the government’s agenda for economic development and growth
will be facilitated in tandem with a comprehensive social agenda that is expected to address three key areas – increased home ownership for Bahamians, boosting health and nutrition while reducing obesity amongst Bahamians, and improving the lives of the poor.
“Indeed, our agenda for economic development and growth will be done in tandem with a comprehensive social agenda that will increase home ownership, boost health and nutrition and reduce obesity, and improve the lives of the poor in our Bahamas,” he said.