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Major Boost for Jamaica’s Cancer Programme PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:12

Jamaica’s cancer programme received a major boost as a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in the island to conduct an assessment with a view to providing recommendations for its development.

 

The team’s arrival follows an invitation from Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson to conduct an ImPACT assessment of the programme, an announcement which was made in his sectoral presentation in July 2012. In a meeting with the group this morning at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr. Ferguson said this will usher in a quantum shift in how we deal with cancer care in Jamaica.

 

“The team will also help to reintroduce nuclear medicine technology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They will be visiting a number of public health care facilities as well as private cancer care centres.”

 

Today’s discussions will focus on cancer control planning and management, epidemiology, cancer prevention, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment, radiation oncology and palliative care.

 

“Our discussions within these areas will surround looking at the current situation, our achievements so far, national priorities, identifying gaps, needs, and challenges as well as charting the way forward. The development of our cancer care programme is a part of a commitment to the reduction of non communicable diseases in Jamaica especially given that cancers are among the top ten leading causes of death in the island.”

 

At the World Health Assembly in May 2012, Jamaica’s delegation supported by other CARICOM Member States was very active in putting forward a resolution to reduce the prevalence of Non Communicable Diseases by 25 percent by 2025. The resolution was accepted and according to Dr. Ferguson, the Ministry has been working with its partners to create a road map to achieving this goal.

 

Jamaica has since formulated its first strategic plan for NCDs. NCDs account for over 56 percent of deaths in the country, 21 percent of which is due to cancer.

 

The IAEA team will be in Jamaica until March 8.

 

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Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561

You can view this press release and other information on our website at www.moh.gov.jm

 

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