FSMIS (December 5, 2013): A panel from the Micronesian Regional Healthcare Committee, one of ten initiatives by the Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit, appeared before the Summit today. The panel reported that they have also made appeals to the Association of Pacific Island Legislature (APIL) to raise leadership awareness on the committee’s objectives.
The basic message prompted by the panel drew comments from the Presidents and Governors as they realized that an outstanding Summit resolution regarding concerted efforts for combating the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Micronesia has remained idle for some time.
“We need to make closure to this”, remarked Governor Eloy Inos of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Islands (CNMI) who is chairing the Summit.
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori asked the panel to provide some possible success indicators by which the Summit can gauge actions in relation to previous health-related decisions that have yet to be realized.
In responding to to President Mori, the panel emphasized the cross-sectoral nature of the actions necessary to execute decisions and sought the support of the Leaders in keeping their Governments engaged to impact NCD programs regionally.
Palau President Tommy Remengasau said the MCES needs to transition the resolution into action.
Governor Inos mentioned that the CNMI Legislature is currently considering amendments to the Commonwealth’s tax law to raise taxation on certain food items easily identified as counter-productive in the fight against NCD.
The presenters encouraged the MCES member Jurisdictions to increase sharing of experiences and strategies that may assist in forging a strong region-wide network in addressing NCD issues.
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