Write on Friday, 08 September 2017 Published in News Stories

The National Tobacco Bill No. 5 of 2017 was passed in the National Parliament of Guyana on July 27th, 2017.

According to reports from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the legislation seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke;

According to reports from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the legislation seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to prevent tobacco use by minors; to protect workers and the public from exposure to tobacco smoke; to prevent exposure of the public, especially minors, to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; to enhance public awareness of the hazards of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to ensure that every person is provided with effective health warnings about the harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to regulate the tobacco industry, its products and sales; to protect public health policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry; and to provide for other related matters.

Leading the process for the presentation of the Bill was Honourable Ms Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health. In her presentation, Minister Lawrence established that the Bill seeks to provide for the adoption of and implementation of tobacco control policies, with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to which Guyana acceded since September 2005.

Other speakers included Ministers Karen Cummings, George Norton, Catherine Hughes, Annette Ferguson; and Members of Parliament Mr. Charrandas Persaud and Jermaine Figueira. It is anticipated that the Bill will be ready for full implementation in the next nine months.

Witnessing the passage of the Bill was Dr. William Adu-Krow,PAHO/WHO Representative Guyana, Mrs Rose Nathan of the Tobacco Free Kids Initiative , USA: Ms Kesaundra Alves, Attorney-at-Law responsible for the drafting of the tobacco legislation and Ms. Karen Roberts, Specialist, Non-Communicable Diseases and Family Health, PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office. Support for the finalization of the Bill was provided by Mr. Charles-Fung-a-Fatt and other members of the AttorneyGeneral’s Chambers.

The link below for you to read the article published by Department of Public Information (DPI) GINA.

http://gina.gov.gy/the-tobacco-control-bill-passed-200000-fine-six-months-imprisonment-for-certain-transgressions-9-million-for-corporate-bodybusiness-guilty-of-breaches/

Source: PAHO Guyana

Write on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Published in Newsletter

A new cooperation strategy between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Guyana sets out actions over the next three years to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and strengthen the country’s health system to advance toward universal health.

PAHO strategy signingThe strategy, signed on February 6, 2917 by PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne and Minister of Health Volda Lawrence, was developed through a consultative process involving a range of national actors. The agreement is aligned with Guyana’s 2013-2020 National Health Strategy “Health Vision 2020” and is linked to related plans adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and other collaboration partners, facilitating an intersectoral approach to priority health problems.

“This strategy is strategically connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to end poverty, protect our planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity,” said Dr. Etienne, who was in Guyana at the time for an official visit. “We can contribute to the country’s development and help every person to achieve the highest attainable level of health.”

The new agreement is the third cooperation strategy PAHO and the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana have signed to identify priority medium-term health actions.

The Minister of Public Health said the strategy “will help the country face health challenges” and will contribute to “strengthening health services to advance closer to the goal of universal coverage.” PAHO’s technical cooperation, she added, will also “make it possible to reduce morbidity and mortality from noncommunicable diseases.”

NCDs are the leading cause of illness and death in Guyana, although infectious diseases remain a significant burden. Violence and injuries, which include suicide, are among the country’s top 10 causes of death and are also addressed in the new strategy.

Though Guyana faces many health challenges, it also has made significant progress in health. This includes increased life expectancy; reductions in infant and maternal mortality; reductions in chronic disease incidence, prevalence and mortality; high levels of vaccination coverage; greater awareness of environmental health; and improvements in water and sanitation infrastructure.