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The general health of Saint Lucians is predicted to enhance significantly, due to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently by His Excellency Peter Chia-yen Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, and Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste, Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs.
The MoU, themed “Public Health Bilateral Capability Constructing Project for the Prevention and Control of Metabolic Chronic Diseases”, forms a part of the Framework Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Saint Lucia.
The general aim of this project is to cut back modifiable risk aspects for non-communicable diseases resembling insufficient physical activity and unhealthy diets through the creation of health-promoting environments, thus improving NCD primary and secondary prevention.
The signing ceremony was held on Thursday, March 2, 2023, within the conference room of the Ministry of Health on Castries Waterfront. The mandate of the MoU is to forestall and control metabolic chronic diseases.
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“Working closely with communities and medical specialists, this project goals to strengthen the capability of health systems in prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with a holistic strategy,” His Excellency Peter Chia-yen Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, said on the signing ceremony. “This MoU not only represents a milestone of bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Saint Lucia, but in addition sets the inspiration for stronger connection and partnership of our two countries.”
Ambassador Chen added that: “As a reliable development partner, Taiwan has forged a sturdy collaborative relationship with the Saint Lucia Government on medical and public health issues. When the world faced the challenges of COVID-19, Taiwan stood with Saint Lucia by sharing knowledge, providing medical supplies and vaccines. Within the post-pandemic era, NCDs posed enormous threat against people’s livelihoods. Taiwan stays firm and resolute in its commitment to Saint Lucia, just as we all the time did.
Meanwhile, Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste, Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, said preserving the longevity of the present generation and the enduring health of future generations is crucial to national development.
“Today marks yet one more opportunity to partner with the officials and our friends from Taiwan as we goal one in all our best challenges to socio-economic development, the burden on health posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Hon. Jn. Baptiste said. “For a few years, diseases resembling diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have claimed nearly all of lives lost in our island, Saint Lucia.”
He added: “The Republic of China (Taiwan) has, through the years, proven to be a frontrunner in modern technologies inside multiple sectors, including agriculture and health. For a long time, Taiwan has explored the advantages of new health strategies and has provided support to other countries like Saint Lucia through technical cooperation, human resource development, education and training. These initiatives have produced gains resembling improved food security, income generation and increased resilience to natural disasters. Within the health sector, Taiwanese assistance and cooperation have strengthened our health sector, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
For a lot of a long time, non-communicable diseases have contributed significantly to mortality in Saint Lucia, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs said.
In a survey done in 2020, the prevalence of NCD metabolic risk aspects resembling obesity and raised blood pressure showed that 65% of the representative sample of Saint Lucians aged 18 to 69 years old were chubby or obese, while 37.3% and not using a prior diagnosis of hypertension were found to have raised blood pressure.
Moreover, the share of people with three or more risk aspects for developing major NCDs was 35.4% of the sample population.
SOURCE: Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia.Headline photo: His Excellency Peter Chia-yen Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, and Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste, Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, shake hands after signing the MoU on public health.
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