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NCD's cause 82 percent deaths


Aug 21, 2013 02:05:17 PM

NCD's cause 82 percent deaths Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) are regarded as silent killers and claim 82 percent of deaths in Fiji, annually.

This was revealed by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni during the official opening of the Vodafone Hibiscus Talent Show for Ladies at Albert Park in Suva.

Dr Luveni reiterated that Vodafone Hibiscus theme “Healthy living and a Healthy lifestyle leads to a Healthy nation” is a good platform to raise awareness on NCD’s through educating the people about the causes and ways of preventing NCD’s.

“Non-communicable diseases are not caused by infection but are typically developed due to hereditary, our surroundings or lifestyle factors. They contribute to 82 percent of deaths in our country each year, leaving behind orphans and widows."

 “In 2012, more than 800 amputations were carried out in Fiji, an increase by more than 100 annually from previous years. There are increasing numbers of those affected by cancer and mental disorders. Many heart complications reported to our hospitals and health centers are due to consuming too much sugar and fats that cause high blood pressure,” Dr Luveni said.

 She said people need to adopt healthy eating habits and make responsible decisions to ensure they live a healthy lifestyle.

“These diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases can be prevented to a large degree by being informed, making conscious diet and exercise decisions and being proactive about our health.

 “I suggest that we adopt a healthy goal. Although our current life expectancy rate is around 67, let’s live to a healthy 90 and longer. It only takes a good healthy diet to include bigger portions of vegetables and fruits, live healthy lifestyles and exercise daily,” Dr Luveni added.

By Reginald Chandar

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