The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct a masters training workshop.
The 2-day workshop began on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel.
Country representative for PAHO, Mrs. Shirley Augustine said the worshop aims to train persons on the treatment of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as well as to help patients live a healthy lifestyle despite living with NCDs.
Dr. Tamo Kanda, PAHO’s Non Communicable Disease advisor said the program started last year June, in St. Lucia, and is now being introduced regionally.
This program she said will benefit patients as well as hospitals.
“This program will increase medical health personnel, which in turns helps provide care for NCD patients.”
Dr. Kanda also stated that so far PAHO has provided training in most of the Eastern Caribbean countries, with nineteen (19) having graduated as master trainers and one hundred (100) community trainers.
During the opening ceremony, the program’s name,‘Better Health Begins with me’ and slogan, ‘My Life, My Health, Self-Empowerment’ was also revealed.
Meanwhile permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment Helen Royer said that NCDs causes significant inroads in a country’s health care budget as the price to care for one pateint with the disease is exorbitant.