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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:00

Mayors from all municipalities across the country convened on Wednesday morning in Belmopan at the steps of the Independence Plaza to sign unto a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles.

In August, the Ministry presented the idea to the Mayors Association and received overwhelming support for the partnership. The MOA was drafted to primarily create a partnership between the various municipalities and the Ministry of Health to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness spaces and promote physical activity within their communities.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement marks a major accomplishment for Belize as it celebrates its 10th year as a participant in Caribbean Wellness Week under the theme, “Healthy Communities: Preserving the Workforce.” Caribbean Wellness Week is an annual event which provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of non-communicable diseases, promote physical activity, good health practices and also to promote overall wellness. The signing is the highlight activity for the Ministry’s commemoration of Caribbean Wellness Week 2018.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, signed the MOA along with the Mayors of Belmopan, Belize City, Benque Viejo, San Pedro, Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns.

In his main address on Wednesday the Hon. Pablo Marin said that the memorandum of understanding will lead to a prevention of non-communicable diseases NCDs’. He said that with physical activity and healthy eating it will lead to longer lives.  Just this September at the General Assembly all Ministers of Health from the Caribbean and Central America,  said Marin,  promised to become advocates for the prevention of NCDs’ such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes as well as mental disorders.

“Here at home NCDs’ (Non-communicable diseases) accounted for approximately 45% of the total deaths for 2017. Evidence consistently show that NCD epidemic cannot be tackled through interventions and policies in the health sector alone, in particular prevention that address NCD factor involve different sectors including finance, trade, education, agriculture and transportation, but most importantly the determination of people that want to start a healthier lifestyle.”

Dr. Noreen Jack is the new Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization representative in Belize. In her address on Wednesday, she also reminded us all that the Constitution from the World Health Assembly,  even from 1948,  remains as relevant today given that “…health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease.”