Households reminded to cooperate with important national health survey

September 21, 2023 12:02 am

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA) Public Health Department, Collective Prevention Services (CPS) executive agencies, in conjunction with Social & Health Insurances (SZV), and other relevant stakeholders, started the STEPS Survey SXM 2023, a national population health survey to assess risk factors for noncommunicable diseases.

CPS is reminding households to cooperate with surveyors when they pass by to conduct the national health survey.

3,500 households will be randomly selected and surveyed. House- to-house interviews and health screenings will be conducted among selected adults between the age 18-69 years.

The aim is to collect data on behavioral and biological factors that can increase the risk of noncommunicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.

This survey is conducted with the support from Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO). This survey is also being conducted in various countries in the Caribbean Region.

The survey commenced in July 2023 and is scheduled to conclude at the end of October 2023.