Georgetown, Guyana – (April 15, 2019) Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, today, received a courtesy call from Pan America Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Country Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow, Consultants Dr. Zoikla Fletcher-Payton and Dr. Daniel Buss, and Senior Advisor, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Eng Adrianus Vlugman at his office at the Ministry of the Presidency.
The meeting is part of the Government’s continued actions to address the emerging challenges of climate change and broadly to support its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in keeping with the Paris Agreement. As part of the NAP, there is a recognition that more in-depth work is required to address the emerging violability and challenges in the health sector with regard to climate change.
In this regard, the Government of Guyana and PAHO/WHO have commenced the process of determining what are the actions to be taken in addressing climate change challenges in the health sector. These actions would be influenced by applied research, which will then inform the institutional strengthening of the health sector.
Minister Harmon said that the Government is not averse to accepting assistance from any agency which can help Guyana to achieve its commitments to the Paris Agreement, particularly in the health sector.
The meeting was also attended by Head of the Office of Climate Change, Ms. Janelle Christian.