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  • The Government is making headway in restoring the Essential National Health Research Committee, to help guide health research in priority areas.
  • Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, made the disclosure in a message to the National Health Research Conference in Kingston, Thursday (October 27), read by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller.
  • The committee, which has been defunct for several years, is considered essential in transforming the health sector to meet the targets set under the national development plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.

The Government is making headway in restoring the Essential National Health Research Committee, to help guide health research in priority areas.

Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, made the disclosure in a message to the National Health Research Conference in Kingston, Thursday (October 27), read by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller.

The committee, which has been defunct for several years, is considered essential in transforming the health sector to meet the targets set under the national development plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.

Mr. Spencer said his Ministry was committed to creating a strong health research system in Jamaica, in which the national committee would play a critical role in priority areas.

“The Minister also announced that the strengthening of the National Health Information System, and the development of a National Health Research Policy were high on his Ministry’s agenda.

“We intend to follow the guidance of the policies outlined in the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as well as the Health Research Agenda for the Caribbean as developed by the CHRC,” he indicated.

He paid tribute to PAHO and the CHRC for supporting National Health Research Day since its inception in 2010, noting that the observance is aimed at creating a culture of research in the public sector, as well as collaboration between the public and private sectors in health research.

The Minister also stated that the conference’s focus on mental health and chronic non-communicable diseases was appropriate and timely, as a significant number of Jamaicans were affected by mental health issues.

“According to studies conducted, one in every five Jamaicans has symptoms of depression. That translates to about 20 per cent of the population. There is no doubt that the health landscape has significantly changed. Evidence-based research must be in alignment with these changes, to see how best we can address these issues,” he said.

Director of the CHRC, Dr. Donald Simeon, said the conference signaled the commitment of the Ministry to the conduct and sharing of health research.

“It also represents an important forum, by which research findings are disseminated to persons who are well positioned to actually use the research findings; because doing research is one thing but, of course, the process does not end until it is actually used to and applied to programmes and to practices,” he stressed.

“This conference is really a critical step towards promoting, facilitating evidence-based practices in the Ministry, which I know the Ministry is very much committed to,” he added.

The second staging of the conference, in collaboration with the CHRC and PAHO, was held under the theme ‘Spotlight on Mental Health and Chronic Non Communicable Diseases’. The National Health Research Conference was introduced in 2010 to give recognition to the Ministry of Health’s research and other health studies across the country.

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