The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been called upon to take the necessary steps to enact legislations that would aid in deterring persons from engaging in negative habits that increases their chances of developing Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs).

This challenge was issued by Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne during her remarks yesterday at the opening of the annual meeting of the PAHO/ World Health Organization Sub-Regional Managers’ at the National Insurance Services (NIS) Conference Room.

Dr. Etienne noted that Heads of Government of CARICOM have failed in terms of realizing many of the goals they had committed to in The Declaration of Port of Spain adopted at their meeting in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on September 15th, 2007 on the occasion of a special Regional Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.

Dr. Etienne said PAHO is committed to working with this country’s government to promote a healthy environment.

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