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Posted: Sunday 7 April, 2024 at 11:46 AM

Prioritizing Public Health: Prime Minister's Appeal on World Health Day 2024

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- PRIME Minister Dr. Terrance Drew has issued a poignant appeal to citizens and residents, urging them to prioritize their health as St. Kitts and Nevis commemorates World Health Day 2024 on April 7th.


    In his address, Dr. Drew, who also serves as the Minister of Health, emphasized the importance of individual responsibility towards health, advocating for self-education, raising awareness, and supporting public health initiatives. He underscored the significance of principles such as equality, participation, accountability, and non-discrimination in fostering a healthier society.


    Highlighting the pressing issue of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including hypertension, diabetes, and cancer, as leading causes of mortality in the Federation, Dr. Drew called for concerted efforts to combat these health challenges.


    Aligned with this year's theme, "My Health, My Right," Dr. Drew reaffirmed that access to quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. He stressed that health rights are interconnected with broader human rights, encompassing factors such as access to clean water, adequate nutrition, education, and decent working conditions.


    Dr. Drew emphasized the need to revitalize the health and human rights agenda globally, advocating for universal access to quality healthcare services. He cited St. Kitts and Nevis' obligations under International Human Rights Law to ensure citizens and residents' access to preventive care, early screening, disease treatment, rehabilitation, and essential medical services.


    Assuring the government's unwavering commitment, Dr. Drew pledged to strengthen the national health system and address current health priorities. He highlighted ongoing efforts to combat NCDs, promote mental health, enhance disease surveillance and prevention, and address HIV/AIDS within the Federation.


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