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  • Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson is leading Jamaica’s delegation at a High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The meeting is a comprehensive review and assessment of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
  • On Thursday, Dr. Ferguson addressed the plenary session of the Assembly.

Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson is leading Jamaica’s delegation at a High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting is a comprehensive review and assessment of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

On Thursday, Dr. Ferguson addressed the plenary session of the Assembly. He outlined Jamaica’s commitment to the principle of Universal Access to Healthcare (UHC) in combating NCDs. At the same time Dr. Ferguson warned World health officials that some funding arrangements for healthcare could undermine the best efforts for achieving UHC.

“We must acknowledge that the life course cost of treatment for NCDs including medicines and the imminent danger of tiered pricing models on inputs such as vaccines will undermine our best efforts to realize the UHC dream,” Dr. Ferguson warned.

The UN General Assembly concludes on Friday with Dr. Ferguson having the distinction of chairing Roundtable One of the General Assembly where delegates will discuss “Strengthening national and regional capacities, including health systems, and effective multisectoral and whole-of-government responses for the prevention and control, including monitoring, of NCDs”.

Jamaica is increasingly playing a leadership role on the world health stage making key interventions on issues such as access to health care, the control of NCDs, tobacco Regulations and immunization.