SOFT DRINK TAXES DON’T CURTAIL BAJANS FROM INDULGING, N.C.D PREVENTION MUST BE INTER-MINISTRY

The Ministry of Health is planning to aggressively combat and reduce the scourge of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases in Barbadians by working with other portfolios to safeguard old and young alike.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic addressed staff, board members reporters and well wishers at Two Mile Hill when the Queen Elizabeth Hospital held their Staff Awards recently, the Minister says prevention is better than curing and with prevention staff would have less to to do and more time to improve their skills.

As such, he says a new phase for Barbadian healthcare will emerge in the coming year; –

In addition, Colonel Bostic recognises that Barbadians to healthy must be able to do so in an affordable manner – not just dropping a draconian tax on selected beverages as happened in the previous regime; –

Part of the highlights on Saturday included the CEO’s Award for Dr Cheynie Williams, head of the Accident & Emergency Department for her commitment to reduce patient time from door to bed and Dr Williams ongoing efforts to see triage is equally honed to the benefit of both staff and patients.

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