The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, conducted the Surveillance Survey 2013 and ended towards the end of 2014.
The survey was designed to get an improved understanding of chronic disease risk factors here in St Vincent and the Grenadines, in an attempt to put measures in place to mitigate the rising scourge of non-communicable diseases.
The findings will be presented at the National Emergency Management Organization Conference Room at 1:30 this afternoon.
According to the Ministry of Health, Chronic non-communicable diseases are responsible for 60-percent of all deaths globally, and they are the leading cause of death here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The burden of non -communicable diseases on the health sector is increasing rapidly and will have significant social, economic and health consequences.
Understanding the magnitude of the risk factors, primarily tobacco use, harmful alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, is critical in order that enormous focus can be placed on decreasing the said factors.