Gov’t Implements 5-Year Plan to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Health has implemented a five-year strategic plan aimed at tackling the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the plan will address the four major conditions causing death and illness among Jamaicans, namely cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease.He said the programme will also tackle the four major risk factors for NCDs, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, harmful use of alcohol, and tobacco use.Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at the launch of the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Wellfest Family Fair 2013 on October 25, at the institution’s headquarters in St. Andrew, said the government will continue to place great emphasis on the reduction of NCDs in Jamaica, noting that the problem poses a threat to national development.NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions and cancer, account for some 36 million deaths each year globally, and are the leading cause of death and illness in Jamaica. Statistics show that in 2009, NCDs accounted for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men and 75 per cent of deaths among women.“What is of great concern is that more and more people are developing these conditions at a much younger age, because of unhealthy lifestyle choices. As policy makers, we have to put strategies in place to combat the incidence of these debilitating illnesses to improve the health of our population,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson said a “whole society approach” is needed to tackle the problem, including Government, civil society and the private sector.“The aim of the Ministry is to build alliances with various groups to promote physical, mental, social and spiritual well being, which will enhance the quality of life of the Jamaican people by empowering individuals and communities to make good decisions for their health,” he remarked.He therefore welcomed the JNBS’ Wellfest Family Fair, noting that the event is in line with the objectives of the Ministry, as it recognises the critical importance of health in facilitating the general wellbeing of any society.“We welcome partnerships like these as the Government alone is unable to address all the health needs of the population,” he remarked.Executive, Business Development and Research, JNBS, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, said it is critical that the organisation not only encourages its staff to emphasise wellness as a daily part of their lives, but that measures are put in place to facilitate this approach.She said that Wellfest 2013 is just one of the many initiatives geared at encouraging staff to develop good health practices and to make wellness a focal point in their lives and that of their families.The JN Group Wellfest 2013 will be held on Saturday, November 16 on the grounds of Jamaica College, Hope Road, St. Andrew, under the theme: ‘Your Health, Your Wealth…Lifetime Investments’.Those in attendance will benefit from health screenings and consultations, as well as the opportunity to dialogue with suppliers and service providers in the health and wellness sector.There will also be three seminars focusing on financial wellness; diabetes prevention and care; and the health risks of smoking. Dr. Ferguson said a “whole society approach” is needed to tackle the problem. The plan will address the four major conditions causing death and illness among Jamaicans. The programme will also tackle the four major risk factors for NCDs.last_img read more

BET Honors Ticket Sales Benefit Charity

first_imgBET Networks has announced that Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Karen Clarke Sheard and Wayne Brady are set to bring down the house at the Warner Theatre with a series of powerful and magnetic performances for BET Honors 2014.Honoring distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels, this year’s show will celebrate the achievements of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube.Hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings).Esteemed gentlemen, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year’s show. “BET Honors” has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.Proceeds from “BET Honors” limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.For more information on “BET Honors,” visit Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Harper government taking 6 First Nations to court for not posting finances

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA – The federal government says it is launching court proceedings to force six defiant First Nations to publicly post their financial information online.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt says his department will continue to withhold non-essential funding from almost 50 First Nations that failed to meet the deadline for a new Conservative transparency law.But the government is also asking the Federal Court to force six First Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan to publish audited financial statements and the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and band council members.“First Nations, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their elected leaders. That is why we passed the First Nations Financial Transparency Act which empowers First Nation members to ensure band revenues areused for the benefit of the entire community,” said Valcourt.Leaders of the six bands have flatly stated they will not be complying with the new rules.The Onion Lake Cree Nation – one of the groups the government is taking to court – had already launched its own Federal Court bid late last month in an effort to overturn the Conservative transparency law.Valcourt says forcing First Nations to publish financial information will lead to more effective, transparent and accountable governance, while aboriginal leaders say the new rules are a sideshow designed to distract attention from chronic government underfunding.Thunderchild, Ochapowace, Sawbridge, Cold Lake and Athabasca Chipewyan are the other communities.– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more