Health Minister, Donville Inniss, in conversation with Ambassador Amiram Magid. (A. Miller/BGIS)??

When Israel’s Ambassador to Barbados, and other Caribbean States, met with Health Minister, Donville Inniss, today, discussions centred on collaborations in public health, particularly the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Ambassador Amiram Magid pointed out that Israel and Barbados had over time created beneficial relationships in agriculture, security and education, but no alliances had been established in health.?? He suggested that health care workers in Barbados could take part in exchanges with Israel’s National Centre for Training in Public Health.?? ????????

A central feature of the training program is planning health care for the community, based on the assessed needs for primary health care services. The Centre links the clinical responsibility for the individual patient with the public health responsibility for the whole population.

The Health Minister expressed the view that it was remarkable that despite how far apart Israel and Barbados were, the countries bore similarities.?? Like Barbados, a large number of Israelis live with an NCD, with 2010 World Health data showing that the diseases were estimated to account for 87 per cent of all deaths in that country.

Minister Inniss welcomed the sharing of knowledge and skills to prevent "the scourge of NCDs" and thanked the Ambassador for his country’s support of health care measures proposed by Barbados and the region at the international level.??

The Health Minister also saw possibilities for the island to share with the Middle Eastern country its successes in the response to chronic diseases.

Ambassador Magid also represents Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.??


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