85% of Jamaicans consider themselves to be in good health
Joseph Watson (right) gets a blood pressure test from retired nurse Leonie Williams during Three Angels Pharmacy Mobile Clinic's first anniversary celebrations.

A significant 85 per cent of Jamaicans perceive themselves to be in “good” or “very good” health.

This information, obtained from the 2019 edition of the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC), was outlined in the recently-released 2021 edition of the Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ), a publication of the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

According to wellness indicators from the JSLC, a larger proportion of males (87.5 per cent) than females (83 per cent) considered themselves to be in good or very good health.

At the same time, approximately 26.3 per cent of respondents noted that they had at least one chronic disease. Of female respondents, 31.6 per cent reported at least one chronic disease compared with 20.8 per cent of males.

It said the main non-communicable diseases reported by respondents were hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. Hypertension and diabetes were most prevalent among adults, while asthma was most prevalent amongst children.

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