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President is NCD awareness champion


Jan 28, 2016 06:56:22 AM

President is NCD awareness champion The President, His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote, is Fiji’s champion for the awareness campaign to reduce Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The President was invited by Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate to become the country’s leading advocate for the elimination of NCDs, which contribute to eighty-percent of deaths in the country.

Following the President’s acceptance of the honorary position, a team from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday conducted a presentation to the President, the First Lady and staff of the Office of the President.

Led by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar and the Permanent Secretary Dr. Meciusela Tuicakau, the presentation focused on the causes of NCDs and on how Fiji could change the situation to have a healthier population.

Fiji’s national advisor on NCDs Dr Isimeli Tukana presented the following statistics:

· Premature deaths are any death that happens below 70 years

· 80-percent of deaths in Fiji are caused by NCDs

· NCDs contribute to a lower life expectancy which is currently below 70 years for both male and females

· The three top NCDs are heart attacks, diabetes and stroke

· NCDs also contribute to mental illness, cancers, heart diseases, obesity,

· NCDs make people more prone to accidents and injuries, among other diseases

· The causes of NCDs include but are not limited to: smoking, alcohol and kava abuse, eating junk food, stress and worries, physical inactivity

· NCDs can be overcome through eating healthy meals, drinking clean water, breathing oxygen, moderate physical activity on a daily basis, and having a positive attitude

Dr Tukana said that the overall target is for all Fijians to have a healthy lifestyle. This essentially means changing one’s behavior.

He said a major component of the NCD awareness campaign is to promote wellness from the conception stage, or when a child is yet to be born, right through to senior age.

The President will promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle throughout Fiji, especially in schools and with youth and community groups.

By Reginald Chandar



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