The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services is pleased to announce the recent assignment of the Sports Department to the Ministerial portfolio of Hon. Edwin Astwood.
“As the Sports Department joins the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, we see this addition as a great opportunity to enhance the Ministry’s efforts towards achieving its mandate of a healthier and empowered nation,” stated Hon Astwood, Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services.
Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. (WHO, 2018) This strategic move can only enhance the Ministry’s efforts toward reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.
The Ministry of Health extends a welcome to the staff members of the Sports Department and the new Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes. The blending of the Sports Department’s objectives of promoting the holistic development of citizens through the practice of sports and physical development; the Ministry’s strategic goals 2, 3 and 6 (primary health care focus, response to priority diseases, and intersectoral coordination; as well as the Government’s commitment to the focus on and strengthening of primary health care, is a recipe for progress toward a healthier and empowered nation.
The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, and Human Services strongly believe that joining forces with the Sports Department will assist in achieving its strategic goals.