Tufton Calls For Regional Approach To Tackle Health Concerns, Climate Change

Stevian Simmonds reports.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, is calling on Caribbean governments to align national policies to health and climate change.

He was addressing the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO’s Project Concepts on Health and Climate Change on Monday.

The Minister says a majority of lifestyle illnesses and deaths are linked to adverse climate conditions.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Chi Tufton was reading from a report compiled at the recent third Global Conference on Health and Climate Change in Grenada.

He says it’s time policymakers view healthcare as directly linked to economic development.

That is why the Health Minister wants all Caribbean policymakers to give greater focus to public health.

Minister Tufton says the region can adjust the way it constructs buildings and develop communities, to better withstand adverse weather conditions.

He also wants an adjustment to the policy which sees only 1.5% of international climate change funding, being allocated to the health sector.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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