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Bostic: Don’t let up in NCD fight


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Bostic: Don’t let up in NCD fight
Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic speaking with Rev. Hugh Sandiford at St Matthias Anglican Church yesterday. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

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With much of the country focused on mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic is urging Barbadians not to slack off in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Bostic, who was the featured speaker yesterday at a church service at St Matthias Anglican Church in Hastings, Christ Church, in honour of the work of the National Task Force on Wellness, said NCDs remained the No. 1 killer of Barbadians.

“We are in the middle of a pandemic called COVID-19 and yes, the energies and the resources of the Ministry of Health and Wellness have been diverted to fight this pandemic. However, I want to say that long before there was a pandemic called COVID-19, you had the burden of non-communicable diseases. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, we had NCDs and long after the pandemic we will have the NCD burden,” said Bostic.

He added that this component still required the largest portion of Government expenditure in the health sector. (CLM)

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