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St. Maarten prime minister opens regional Alzheimer’s conference


PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the two-day Regional Workshop of Alzheimer’s Disease International at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort on Thursday.

The workshop brings together various regional and international partners to discuss global solutions for the disease that affects some 30 million people worldwide.

Wescot-Williams welcomed participants of the conference and said the country is honoured to have professionals here to discuss some of their strategies and to share practices on ways to treat patients.


“Governments all over the world are coming together to explore ways to tackle this disease and St. Maarten is no exception,” she said. “Together with our Local Alzheimer’s organization and our service clubs Government is moving forward in putting the disease high on the National Agenda. We need to provide the necessary care to the patients and the support to the families while simultaneously ensuring that the information in the community regarding Alzheimer’s is constant and pertinent,” she said.

Director of Development for Alzheimer’s Disease International Johan Vos presented Wescot-Williams with a World Health Organization Publication entitled “Dementia; A Public Health Priority.”

Vos was joined by, Honorary Vice President of Alzheimer’s Disease International Dr. Daisy Acosta; President of the St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation Keith Franca and St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation and Alzheimer’s Disease International WHO/ PAHO official Raymond Jessurun. “As we will be having a conference on Sustainable Development on Friday this meeting definitely falls within that scope. Ensuring healthcare is part of our Sustainable Development and combating and treating Alzheimer’s disease is definitely a part of that,” the Prime Minister said.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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