Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton, at a special dinner hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica under the patronage of H.E. Audrey Marks, shared his plans with the Jamaican medical professionals in the Northeast Diaspora region for the modernization and development of Jamaica’s public health sector.
Dr. Tufton was on a three day official visit to Washington D.C., for the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference where a new comprehensive 2030 Universal Health Agenda, modeled after the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals was unanimously accepted. Health ministers in attendance pledged under the new agenda, to implement programs to combat diseases and make the health systems in their countries universal and sustainable by 2030.
The Minister informed the audience about the five-year country cooperation strategy agreement signed earlier in the day with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), that will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.
Dr. Tufton highlighted that the Cooperation Strategy will seek to strengthen Jamaica’s health system and advancement towards implementing universal healthcare in Jamaica. He also stressed that the partnership will enable PAHO to provide technical support to the Ministry in addressing the challenges posed by new and emerging diseases, reducing noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors, addressing the impact of injuries as a result of crime and violence on the current and future system, and increasing the capacity of the health sector to respond to the effects of climate change.
Under this CCS, Jamaica will continue to receive tremendous support from PAHO with respect to programme activities, infrastructure development, capacity building, and technical cooperation, among other key areas of partnerships – Dr. Tufton
Minister Tufton also commended the individuals, groups and organizations in attendance for their support and missions to Jamaica year after year that have been instrumental in the delivery of needed medical services to underserved communities. The Minister encouraged those present to become more involved in the work of the Ministry through volunteerism, establishing private/public partnerships and through investments.