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Trinidad & Tobago act on non-contagious diseases

AUTHORITY ON HEALTH: Dr. Rohit Doon, retired Chief Medical Officer (photo credit: Loop Jamaica)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO has prepared a five-year national strategic plan for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

Details of the plan were announced by a senior public health adviser who warned medical practitioners that diabetes, hypertension and cancer are becoming economic burdens in the twin-island republic.

Retired Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rohit Doon, now an adviser on health promotion communications and public health at the country’s Health Ministry, said that 4.6% of Trinidad & Tobago’s gross domestic product is spent on treating these conditions. This represents TT$8.7bn (US$1.2bn) a year. TT$3.5bn is spent on treating diabetes, TT$3.2bn on hypertension and TT$2bn on cancer.

The Trinidad & Tobago Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance was launched last week:

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