St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented at the 4th Council of Ministers of the Eastern Caribbean States, recently held at the headquarters of the Territorial Authority of Martinique.
The meeting attended by representatives of governments, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), concluded with the Fort-de-France Declaration in which ten commitments to foster regional solidarity in health were agreed, especially in light of the hurricanes that emphasized the inequality of access to emergency services in the region.
This country was represented by Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Cuthbert Knights.
Addressing the myriad of health challenges due to the hurricanes that severely impacted five of the OECS Member States was a key agenda item.
Decisions were taken to strengthen the response of the emergency health framework with the creation of a joint emergency fund and the facilitation of hospital to hospital emergency transfers.
The Council of Ministers acknowledged that Climate Change is a health crisis, and made the link between rising temperatures, rising sea level, extreme weather events and health effects.