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The Impact of NCDS on Health in Barbados
Friday, 21 August 2015 09:18

The Barbados Workers’ Union intends to redouble its efforts in the coming months in the fight against non-communicable diseases, by working more closely with the NCD Commission in Barbados and other stakeholders. The Executive Council has proposed a resolution on NCDs for discussion at the forthcoming 74th Annual Delegates’ Conference which is calling on the Government of Barbados and the business community and civil society as a whole to ensure that health and safety in the workplace and wellness of employees are given the paramountcy of attention which is required using whatever means of communication which may be deemed expedient and beneficial.

In Barbados eight of the top ten causes of death are from NCDs and around 15% of all deaths from NCDs in Barbados are premature, i.e. occur in those under 70 years. One in four Barbadian adults has at least one chronic disease and this is expected to increase to one in three by 20125. Excluding maternal and childe health visits, 80% of visits to the eight Ministry of Health polyclinics are for NCDs.

NCDs now threaten Barbados’ socio-economic development. In Barbados, hypertension and diabetes care and treatment contribute to 5% of the GDP. Expenditure on health care Barbados indicates: (1) diabetes (direct $69,810,744, indirect $5,791,532 and total $75,602,320) and (11) hypertension (direct $101,666,320, indirect $43,645,734 and total $145,312,054).


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