Climate-Resilient Health Service Proposal on the Table

by: - September 23, 2019
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The Ministry of Health has a proposal to minimize the impact of climate change on human health.

A national climate and health stakeholder consultation took place on Wednesday, September 18th to develop that plan.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Leticia Lestrade-Wyke, believes that mitigation of the climate impact will allow for sustainable and uninterrupted delivery of health services.

She explained that with the Pan-American Health Organization, work is underway to develop and implement a national plan.

“We are also developing a health and climate country profile which is a snapshot of up-to-date easily accessible policy information about the current and future impacts of climate change on human health in Dominica,” Lestrade-Wyke explained.

“This profile will be available on the World Health Organisation’s website and will provide readers with an overview of the current climate hazards and the activities being undertaken to lesson the impact of climate change on health in Dominica.

“While these policy documents are important, the Ministry also considers the implementation of the recommendations, some of which are expected to come out of this stakeholder consultation, [important as well].

“The Ministry is committed to policy implementation through various funding mechanisms and with the assistance of PAHO we will submit proposals for grant funding to ensure that these adaptation options are implemented,” Lestrade-Wyke reported.