Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Robert Bobby Morris is challenging the island’s youths to lead the charge for solutons to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases that inflict the country.
Speaking today on the topic, The Platform at 50 – What Next? at the Democratic Labour Party’s weekly lunch time lecture at party headquarters, George Street, St Michael, Morris contended that major international pharmaceutical companies had no interest in finding cures for diseases such as diabetes and hypertension because they were cash cows for these companies.
“These pharmaceutical companies become very wealthy from these diseases. We have to ask some questions about whether we do not have to get our own scientists and put them to work. It is very serious business because we are the victims and the victims must be part of the solution,” Morris said.
“We need to be able to get our young people to challenge existing realities and set as their aim to be the first person to develop something that would knock out diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer and other diseases that bedevil our people. We have to start doing that. Do not wait for someone in the USA or the United Kingdom to do it for us,” he added.
The historian and former trade unionist encouraged the teaching of sciences at school, suggesting it could be the avenue through which Barbados produces world-famous scientists.
Morris said the country had made advances in the area of science over the first 50 years of its political independence but it was far from catching up with the rest of the world in this discipline.