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The Ministry of Health is developing a national strategic plan to stem the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Jamaica, portfolio Minister, Rudyard Spencer, has announced.
Mr. Spencer noted that, while the incidence of TB in Jamaica is comparatively low, the Ministry will continue to work “persistently” to educate the public and enhance TB prevention and control.
He said that the draft of the national strategic plan is expected to be reviewed at a meeting of Latin American and Caribbean stakeholders, in April.
The Minister made the disclosure in his message to mark World Tuberculosis Day on Tuesday (March 24). The message was read during the World TB Day lunch seminar at the Ministry’s downtown Kingston office, by Senior Director for Health Promotion and Protection, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller.
“This day brings awareness to the global epidemic, and reminds us that we must work collaboratively to eradicate tuberculosis, worldwide. This reminder is manifested in this year’s theme, ‘We simply must stop TB’, which encourages all people, those affected as well as those who can provide help, whether as health professionals or members of a responsible civil society, to make their own contributions in stopping TB,” the Minister said.
He pointed out that the Ministry’s year-old TB manual will be utilised as a management and training tool for health professionals, in the areas of prevention and control. Training is now taking place, and the manual has been launched in all four health regions, he said.

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