Professor Samuels
Professor Samuels

Professor, nutrition coordinator discuss NCDs on Wednesday’s  ‘Working for You’


BASSETERR, St. Kitts – Professor Thelma Alafia Samuels, MBBS, MPH, PhD, and Latoya Matthew Duncan, nutrition surveillance coordinator in the Ministry of Health, are the special guests on the weekly radio and television programme “Working for You” Wednesday.

The duo will engaged the audience in a discussion on NCDs (noncommunicable diseases) that is rampant in the Caribbean region and what can be done to reduce the impact of NCDs on Caribbean populations and health systems.

Professor Samuels is the director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre; deputy dean for research and graduate programmes, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus, Barbados; and co-principal Investigator of the IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Canada) funded evaluation of the CARICOM Heads of Government 2007 NCD Summit Declaration.

She is a medical doctor, trained at UWI Mona. She holds a MPH (master’s degree in public health) and a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology, both degrees awarded with honours from Johns Hopkins University. She has several publications.

Professor Samuels in in St. Kitts to make her contribution at the the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) 63rd Research Conference June 14-16 at the St. Kitts Marriot under the theme “Sustainable Health Systems for Economic Growth, Development and Wealth.”

Hosted by Lesroy Williams, “Working for You” offers news, views, reviews, interviews and all the happenings of the Team Unity administration, which “pledged transparency, accountability, good governance and a fair share for all citizens of the federation.” The programme features government officials, heads of government departments, permanent secretaries and other government officials who provide “timely, relevant and accurate information as it relates to the social, economic, human, political and sustainable development of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

“Working for You” is carried live every Wednesday on ZIZ, WinnFM and Sugar City Rock from 1:30-3 p.m. and rebroadcast on Freedom FM, Von Radio, on Thursdays from 7:30-9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon, respectively, and CBN-Radio on Sundays from 5-6:30 pm. The programme is also streamed live on the SKNIS Facebook page at