The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has provided support to Saint Lucia’s tobacco control initiatives.
In this regard, Taiwanese Ambassador Douglas Shen recently presented a cheque valued at EC $5000 to the Department of Health and Wellness.
According to a Health and Wellness Department press release, the cheque presentation represented a contribution towards the World No Tobacco Campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness among Saint Lucians about the dangers of tobacco smoke to health and well-being.
Ambassador Shen expressed pleasure in providing financial support to boost activities that will discourage the use of tobacco in any form, according to the press release.
” Although, Taiwan is unfortunately not a member of the World Health Organisation, it is keen on fulfilling its responsibilities as a constructive member of the global community and committed to work with the government of Saint Lucia together with the non-government organization to better promote public health, fight against tobacco and achieve WHO’s 2013 agenda for sustainable development,” the Taiwanese diplomat was quoted as saying.
Minister for Health and Wellness, Mary Isaac, thanked the Taiwanese government for the gesture and said the contribution will assist in the fight against the deadly effects of tobacco smoke and second hand smoke exposure.
“What you are doing here today, assisting us to spread the news, to spread the information, to continue to educate our people about tobacco is going to go a long way in our society in assisting us with the cost of health care as well as the cost of a health for our people. We at the Ministry of Health are doing everything that we possibly can to try to encourage people to look at primary health care, preventative health care. So, instead of smoking and at the end of the day you try to treat the effects of that smoking, we want to call on the public, all Saint Lucians to in the first instance protect your health by not taking up that smoking, by not taking anything,” Isaac is reported to have said.
World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 31st.