Minister of Health John Boyce has praised MASSY for its vision in launching the Massy (Barbados) Charitable Foundation.
Speaking at the Foundation’s launch at the Barbados Hilton Resort on Friday, Boyce said he was pleased that along with being good corporate citizens, MASSY had also produced a package which suited community based health institutions.
The Foundation will focus on the five core areas: Health and Environment, Education and Skills Development, Heritage, Arts and Culture and Humanitarian/Community causes.
“Let me take this opportunity to extend congratulations to the Directors and Staff of the Massy Group for your vision in launching this Foundation…Your initiative in designing a package suitable for community based health institutions demonstrates that you are aware of the need of our citizens to take a more active role in the management of their personal health care,” Boyce noted.
“It also emphasizes the role which good corporate citizens can play in the national development of Barbados.”
He said this collaboration between the Ministry and Massy (Barbados) Charitable Foundation was essential, as Government continues to strive to improve the infrastructure and services offered in their health care facilities, as well as reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and childhood obesity.
The Minister insisted that while Government was currently in the process of rolling out other initiatives to assist in health care treatment, it was also extremely important for individuals to take proper care of themselves.
“The Ministry of Health is in the process of exploring options for more efficient methods of financing health care which will call for more effective use of scarce resources, elimination of wastage and duplication and understanding which services are best provided by government and which services are best provided within the private sector.
“While the responsibility of Government is to create a supportive and enabling environment for the prevention and control of NCDs, we as individuals must also play our part. I cannot over emphasize personal responsibility and self-discipline as two critical areas to which each and every citizen must commit if we as a nation are going to reverse the trends of NCDs,” Boyce outlined.