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ADB report highlights alarming NCD stats

 

Jul 31, 2021 12:05:43 PM

ADB report highlights alarming NCD stats Over 40percent of people in the 15 to 34-year age bracket have died of non-communicable diseases.

The Asian Development Bank in its Pacific Economic Report said most people from this age group were dying from high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

The ADB report said 10percent of the population according to the national census report was over the age of 60-years.

The report said old age and medical conditions related to pre-existing non-communicable disease have been identified as high-risk factors for coronavirus.

“Most Fijians do not undergo frequent medical checkups unless required for employment or migration purposes. Instead, many patients visit hospitals when it is already too late for medical care.”

“The coverage of voluntary health insurance is limited in Fiji, mainly through employer-based schemes or employee-based union membership.

“The number of fatalities is now rising, and the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases before the pandemic means that more lives are likely to be lost if the current outbreak deteriorates further.

“Fiji’s young populations with a median age of 27.5 years, lower than the median age of 30.3 years in Asia and 32.6 years in Oceania, provides some mitigation.”

The report said recent statistics suggest more Fijians are dying young because of non-communicable diseases and comorbidities put them at risk of coronavirus too.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

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