The Ministry of Health says banning the importation of certain food ingredients could be an option in its efforts to prevent the increase of chronic, non communicable diseases (CNCD) in the country.

Health Minister Julius Timothy told a press conference Monday that his ministry is worried about the high levels of CNCDs on the island.

He says education is one way to help deal with the situation.

He says the Ministry of Health is also working with the Ministry of Education to help control child obesity.

“We are looking at more education and legislative measures. It is a holistic effort because the CNCDs are so difficult to deal with. I cannot imagine amputations. I can’t imagine living without a leg so we need to find ways to deal with it,” he said.