Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says while global attention is on the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of Non-Communicable Diseases continues to pose a serious health risk to society.

Non-communicable diseases, NCDs, refer to chronic conditions that cannot directly pass from one person to another.

NCDs tend to occur over long periods and are considered the greatest cause of deaths and disabilities worldwide.

Dr. Tufton says about 70 percent of Jamaicans die from NCDs.

The Health Minister says pre-planned measures are needed to tackle chronic and global illnesses such as NCDs and the current Covid-19 pandemic.

One such measure, Dr. Tufton notes, is sustainable financing.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.

He was speaking this morning at the annual Programme Review & Conference held by the Non-Communicable & Injury Prevention Unit.