Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John

"Capacity Building in Chronic Care" will be the emphasis of a one-day seminar tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1, at the Amaryllis Beach Hotel in Hastings.

Sponsored by CARICOM, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the workshop targets health professionals who will examine Barbados’ adaptation of the World Health Organisation’s model for chronic care.

The session starts at 8:30 a.m. and will see Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John delivering opening remarks and Chairman of the National Commission on Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (CNCDs), Professor Trevor Hassel welcoming the participants.

Key topics for discussion will be "An Assessment of Progress, Gaps and Priorities for Integrated Chronic Care" presented by Senior Medical Officer of Health (Non-communicable Diseases), Dr. Kenneth George. It will be followed by "A Review of the Proposed Integrated Chronic Care Model" by CARICOM Consultant on CNCDs, Alafia Samuels, who is also Coordinator of the Graduate Programme at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The meeting is a response to the call by the Port-of-Spain Declaration 2007 for regional governments to establish comprehensive plans for screening and management of chronic diseases and their risk factors. jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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