The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, recently paid an official visit to Saint Lucia, the Ministry of Health and Wellness says.
According to a ministry release, Etienne got the opportunity to meet with health and other high-level officials to discuss ways of strengthening PAHO’s technical cooperation in the areas of environmental health and universal health care, to name a few.
She was quoted as saying that she is committed to working with this country to provide assistance aimed at improving the health and quality of life for citizens.
“Certainly, going forward, I would like the health sector to ensure much more prevention and promotion, particularly for the chronic diseases and non-communicable diseases because this is the only way to reduce cost, this is the only way to save lives and so I would like to see that. As well, your government is contemplating a significant reform in health and more so in financing and strengthening the first level of care as well, so I would like to see that because one of our major goals is ensuring access to health for all,” the PAHO Director said.
As part of the visit, a sub-regional managers meeting was held with the various Member States in the Caribbean.
Minister for Health and Wellness Mary Isaac was present and highlighted the strides being made in the health sector.
Isaac said her government is extremely grateful for the technical support PAHO has provided.
According to the minister, one of the fundamental ways that PAHO has been helping Saint Lucia over the years is through financial support of the Department of Health & Wellness work program.
“They have provided and continue to provide support in the following areas: health systems and services development, family and community care, disease prevention and control, addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases, healthy lifestyles and social environment, environmental health and disaster as well as health promotion and social communication,” Isaac noted.