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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Nicole Slack-Liburd, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis, delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder Consultation for the National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases at the Nevis Disaster Management Department conference room at Long Point on March 23, 2017Nicole Slack-Liburd, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis, delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder Consultation for the National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases at the Nevis Disaster Management Department conference room at Long Point on March 23, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 24, 2017) – Nicole Slack-Liburd, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis,  says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) recognizes the urgency of addressing the incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on the island and has so far embarked on a number of initiatives to deal with the matter.
 
Slack-Liburd, made the comment while delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder Consultation for the National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), at the Nevis Disaster Management Department conference room at Long Point on March 24, 2017. The event is a collaboration between the Ministries of Health on St. Kitts, Nevis and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The theme is “Uniting against Chronic Diseases.”
 
“This exercise will guide our process here in the Federation where we will plan our strategy to address diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers which form our greatest burden of disease in the Federation. 
 
“Recent studies conducted in Nevis have revealed that 17 percent of the population is diabetic and 24 percent hypertensive, that’s the adult population. We also average about 20 new cases of cancer per year. Persons that are overweight and obese in the population exceed 70 percent. The government recognizes the urgency of addressing this issue…” she said.
 
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 24, 2017) – The following is a notice from the Chief Medical Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Hazel Laws.
 
The National Agriculture, Health and Food Safety Advisory Committee, which is comprised of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Standards and the Customs and Excise Department, convened an urgent meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017, and arrived at consensus on the following two recommendations, as it relates to the importation of meat products into the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis: 
 
(1) To impose a temporary ban on the importation of all animal and animal products from Brazil, as we have lost confidence in that country’s certification process for the export of meat.
(2) To remove/withdraw from the shelves all corned beef imported from and originating in Brazil, for detention until we have received more information on the specific batch numbers and companies that are implicated in the packaging of rotten beef in that country. 
 
These precautionary measures are recommended to protect the general population from potentially tainted products. 
Terrence Craig, Organisation of American States Representative to St. Kitts and Nevis at the historic two-day Sub-Regional Woman’s Forum on the SDGs hosted by the Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017Terrence Craig, Organisation of American States Representative to St. Kitts and Nevis at the historic two-day Sub-Regional Woman’s Forum on the SDGs hosted by the Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 23, 2017) -- Terrence Craig, Organisation of American States (OAS) Representative to St. Kitts and Nevis, hailed the historic two-day Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the SDGs. He said the conference brings into focus the need for more women in the political arena in the region.
 
Mr. Craig’s comment came when he spoke with the Department of Information following the opening ceremony on March 22, 2017. He urged women to take up the mantle to help in the development of their communities.
 
“I think through politics, it would be a great opportunity for women to help assist in the development of their communities and their people and to help craft policies for our societies. It is extremely important that we underscore the role of women, not only in our societies but in politics as well. 
 
Hon. Mark Brantley Deputy Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development at the opening ceremony of the Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals hosted by the Ministry of Social development in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and support from the Organization of American States at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017Hon. Mark Brantley Deputy Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development at the opening ceremony of the Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals hosted by the Ministry of Social development in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and support from the Organization of American States at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 22, 2017) -- Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister responsible for Social Development,  challenged participants  at the Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Nevis to come up with meaningful contributions for the advancement of women in the region.  
 
The Minister was at the time delivering the welcome address and declared the two-day meeting opened at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 23, 2017.  The forum drew participants from the region, is a first for Nevis. It is hosted by the Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), with support from the Organization of American States (OAS).
 
He registered hope that meaningful strategies would emerge from the conference which would frame future dialogue and the process which would ensure that the goals for women and girls are attained by 2030.
 
Mr. Brantley noted, that of the 17 goals outlined, several of them were specifically designed in the interest of women and girls, with the common thread focussing on women’s autonomy and gender equality.
 
He said inequality, which appears to be the norm, ought not to be. Therefore it is important that actions such as the goals of reducing inequality within the countries to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, must be realised through the framework already set in the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis at the Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the SDGs hosted by the Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and supported by the Organisation of American States at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis at the Sub-Regional Women’s Forum on the SDGs hosted by the Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration in collaboration with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and supported by the Organisation of American States at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 22, 2017) -- Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, described participation in the first ever sub-regional conference for women and girls hosted by the ministry as overwhelming.
 
The two-day meeting, which commenced at the Mount Nevis Hotel on March 22, 2017, brought together participants from across the Caribbean and St. Kitts and Nevis. An initiative of Hon. Brandy-Williams, the meeting is designed to underscore the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) commitment to women’s empowerment, within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).