Trinidad considers measures to reduce CNDC deaths
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday November 7, 2011 – Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan said action must be taken to deal with the worsening problem of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNDCs) among residents.
Trinidad and Tobago has the Caribbean’s highest percent of deaths to CNDCs; the minister said the diseases are costing taxpayers millions.
He said he is considering mandating local manufacturers of food and beverages to clearly state the ingredients being used in products.
“I am hoping to carry to Parliament some legislation that people must know the calorie, sugar, chemical content of what they are eating,” the minister noted.
Over 60 percent of all deaths in T&T are due to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and strokes.
The 2011 National Risk Factor Survey of the Ministry of Health 2011 has also revealed that more than half the population 15 years and over are overweight or obese.
On the weekend, authorities launched a public campaign called, “Fight The Fat – T&T Wellness Revolution”, to get residents to be more active, and to eat and live healthier lives to lower the risk for CNCDs.
“We are talking about more than a change; we are talking about a revolution. This is how the “Fight the Fat” campaign was born. I need Trinidad and Tobago to join us in this fight,” the minister said.
The first phase of the programme runs from November 2011 to February 2012.