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” said Minister Norton.But according to him
« on: May 19, 2017, 02:20:13 pm »
Government, through the Ministry of Public Health, could soon be looking to implement tax on sugaryMinister of Health,Dr George Nortonbeverages.Minister of Public Health Dr. George Norton noted that this move, if followed through, would in fact mirror what has been done by legislators in Barbados.Last year the island territory announced a 10 per cent tax on sugary beverages in the quest to have its citizens reduce their consumption of sugar which is seen as a major threat to health gains globally.According to Minister Norton, the possibility of incorporating this move would be for similar reasons. This is in light of the fact, he noted, that everyone has a role to play if Guyana is to reach the ambitious goal of having its citizens become the healthiest within the Caribbean and the Americas. He reminded that the coalition A Partnership of National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) in its 2015 manifesto, stressed the objective of reaching the healthy goal by 2020.Realising this goal, the Minister said, would require that citizens adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviour. He was at the time speaking at the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art Catherisation Laboratory at the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI) last Saturday.During his deliberations he linked the prevalence of cardiovascular disease to behavioural risk factors such as unhealthy diets.“I can assure you…we might be following shortly in the footsteps of Barbados,” said Minister Norton.But according to him, based on his understanding, the only recognised shortcoming with Barbados’ undertaking is that what is gained through the taxation does not go directly to the budget of public health. But Guyana is in a position to make a difference in this regard.In achieving the healthy goal, the Minister noted, the health sector will have to not only look at the associated challenges of sugar but also salt.“We tend to use too much sugar and salt, and these are things we need to take into consideration,” said the Minister as he also pointed to the challenge linked to obesity, physical inactivity and tobacco use. These, according to him, can all help to increase the cardiovascular situation.Directing attention to the use of tobacco, Minister Norton noted that “very soon, probably in the next two sittings, we will be tabling the Anti-Tobacco Bill in Parliament. I want to say that if there is any legacy I would leave in my term in office, is to get that Bill through the House successfully.”The Minister also highlighted the harmful use of alcohol, and noted that while an accurate study might not have been realised as yet, it can be easily deduced that alcohol has played a part in many road deaths.“We owe it to ourselves to take the best care of our bodies. The Government of Guyana is committed to providing a conducive environment for making healthy lifestyles a choice that is available,” said the Minister.Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally with an estimated 17.5 million people dying in 2012. This state of affairs, the Minister noted, represents 31 per cent of all global deaths. And according to him, over three quarters of cardiovascular diseases occur in low and middle income countries.

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” said Minister Norton.But according to him
« on: May 19, 2017, 02:20:13 pm »