Parliament Presentations

Statement to Parliament on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Introduction into Jamaica by Minister of Health Dr. The Honourable Christopher Tufton

INTRODUCTION Mr. Speaker I felt it necessary to update this Honourable House on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) initiative to prevent cervical cancer through the introduction of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine. It is however important Mr. Speaker, that we look at the global reality of cervical cancer which has… Read More



Response to Reverend Thwaites’ Members Motion on Smoking by Health Minister Dr. Chris Tufton Private Member’s Motion No. 12 Regarding the Public Health Issues Arising from Tobacco and Ganja Use

GLOBAL OVERVIEW – SMOKING CIGARETTES Mr Speaker, the impact of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use on chronic disease is well documented. Worldwide, over 1 billion people currently use tobacco, mostly in the form of cigarettes and 7 million die each year, with 80% of these tobacco related deaths occurring… Read More



Sectoral Debate Speech – Health Care, A Paradigm Shift by Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton – May 2 2017

A Summary of Highlights of Key Initiatives Mr. Speaker, given the structure and time allotted for these sectoral debates, I cannot possibly speak to all the matters concerning public health. I have therefore tabled a report with details on what I consider important areas on which the public should be… Read More



Statement to Parliament by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton – July 19, 2016

STATEMENT TO PARLIAMENT BY MINISTER OF HEALTH DR. THE HON. CHRISTOPHER TUFTON TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 Introduction Mr. Speaker, the Ministry of Health has been continuously updating the country on our efforts to reduce the impact of the zika virus on the population, in particular pregnant women and their babies…. Read More



Sectoral Presentation by Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton

Ackowledgements Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to speak on my assigned portfolio of Health. First, allow me to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for affording me the opportunity to serve in this capacity; my Cabinet colleagues for their support and; the Members of Parliament for their collaboration. A unified approach is… Read More