Antigua and Barbuda’s Health Minister, Sir Molwyn Joseph, passionately addressed the urgent need for increased investment in innovative programs to combat the escalating spread of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Speaking during a high-level United Nations meeting on Universal Health Coverage, held alongside the 78th UN General Assembly session in New York, Sir Molwyn reiterated his commitment to countering the NCD crisis, which places a substantial burden on the nation’s healthcare system and has claimed lives.
He emphasized the significant challenges faced by small states like Antigua and Barbuda during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed and exacerbated the vulnerabilities of NCD-affected individuals to the virus.
The Minister stressed the importance of financing a modern healthcare system and launching new initiatives to prevent the high incidence of NCDs.
This focus on prevention is especially critical given the heightened susceptibility of NCD patients to COVID-19.
The UN meeting aimed to assess progress and challenges in achieving universal health coverage by 2030, under the theme “Universal health coverage: expanding our ambition for health and well-being in a post-COVID world.”
Sir Molwyn urged delegates to prepare rigorously for future pandemics, emphasizing the necessity for a globally scalable and flexible system to effectively manage global health crises.
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