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Tourism official concerned about recent deaths

The recent spate of sudden deaths and the struggle by Barbados health authorities to bring the high incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) under control are concerning for the tourism sector.

Newly elected Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers said yesterday the havoc caused by NCDs on the population had the potential to affect the BHTA’s membership.

“What are we doing? . . . .Something collectively in terms of health awareness. We have a responsibility. You are running a company, you have employees working hard for you every day,” she said, pointing out that there were at least seven sudden deaths that made national headlines.

Myers stressed that tourism interests had a responsibility to join health authorities in the fight to help their employees to understand how to engage in healthy living, especially through lifestyle choices, such as good eating habits and exercise programmes.

“There are actually some health programmes from the CHTA [Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association] that we can pull on, health wellness programmes that have been done and have been successful,” she said.

“… It is really good to sit and talk about all the other stuff, but at the end of the day, the first thing you have to do as a businessperson and as an entrepreneur, is to take care of the physical. We have to do that for employees, and we have to do that for ourselves,” Myers added.

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