Minister of Health Julius Timothy says his ministry is hoping to bring significant advancement to Dominica’s health “situation” within the next five years.
Over the past two days health officials have been meeting with the Representative of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Dr. Gina Watson, to review Dominica’s response to public health issues.
At a press conference today, Timothy pointed to the development of a pandemic influenza plan and national mechanisms for implementation of international health regulations, as part of the progress made.
“Attention was placed on a number of policy documents including the strategic plan for health, oral health policy, maternal child health manual, policy on health ageing, mental health policy… assessment was also undertaken on vector control program, and support for food safety and occupational health and safety programs.”
Timothy also noted the chronic non-communicable diseases implementation of the Port of Spain Declaration geared at addressing the issue of chronic non-communicable diseases in Dominica.
The PAHO meanwhile, has expressed further commitment to help guide policies pertaining to public health in Dominica.