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Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security

Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security

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Kingston.– Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security, which, he noted, is a critical area for the continued growth and development of tourism in the region.

“Health is such a key part of that chain of connection to secure the integrity and reputation of the destination and also earn a large amount of money. Out of it flows things like health tourism, which is now an economic activity that is one of the largest sub-sectors of commercial activity in tourism,” he noted.

Bartlett was addressing the recent launch of the Jamaica Tourism and Health Programme in the western parish of St James.

Health security is defined as the activities required to minimise vulnerability to acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations.

Source: Nation News (Barbados)

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