[www.inewsguyana.com] – The seven year plan focuses on the right to the highest level of health, equity in access to quality health care, solidarity between member countries working together and people centered.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud highlighted that from surveys carried out to develop this plan, Guyana’s shift to urbanization, industrialization, fast foods, less exercise, increased use of vehicles, conveniences and television are among the things that have contributed to non-communicable diseases.
The plan also calls for a multi-sectoral response, integrated disease management, surveillance, policies, legislation and regulation and collaboration with all the entities that provide health care services.
Representative of PAHO/WHO Adrianus Vlugman welcomed the move by Guyana to craft a seven year plan to meet the challenges of non-communicable diseases. He noted that the number of persons at risk from non-communicable diseases continues to grow.