NCD Commission intensifying PR, training commissioners
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
At the National Commission for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21, the need for intensified Public Relations and Health Promotion activities was highlighted.
Commissioners, representing several government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been apprised of their responsibilities to ensure their respective agencies facilitate the control and prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through talks, fairs and sporting events in their respective communities.
The point was also raised that several commissioners are non-medical professionals and require training in the study of NCDs. It was noted as well that commissioners need to be familiar with the mandate of the Ministry of Public Health to combat NCDs and such must be trained extensively in the guidelines, strategies, laws and regulations governing the health sector along with other outlines which will guide the commission in future activities.
Moving forward the commission is expected to utilise public branding – products and other promotional material – as a way of increasing awareness of the work being done by the body.
By: Delicia Haynes