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Health ministry launches NCD month

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday launched the Non-communicable diseases (NCD) month in Vunidawa in efforts to raise awareness on prevention of NCDs and healthy living. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said the prevalence of NCDs in Fiji is a concern causing heart problems, stroke, and diabetes which contribute to […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 1, 2016 6:21 am

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday launched the Non-communicable diseases (NCD) month in Vunidawa in efforts to raise awareness on prevention of NCDs and healthy living.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said the prevalence of NCDs in Fiji is a concern causing heart problems, stroke, and diabetes which contribute to almost 80 percent of deaths in Fiji.

This year’s theme “Youth for Wellness; Say no to alcohol and tobacco use” was advocated through displays and wellness awareness.

Minister Usamate while launching the NCD month in Vunidawa said people must practice healthy lifestyles.

USAMATE: “Eat more fresh foods and less processed foods and engage in more physical activity, or put simply, move more. Our health and wellbeing is our responsibility and we must take full ownership of this to live a productive life.”

Minister Usamate added that people should not wait until they become sick to get screened.

USAMATE: “Even if you are well, engage in routine health checks so that you are aware of how your body is progressing. A lot of times we see people present to health facilities quite late.”

For the month of July, the Health Ministry will raise awareness on the importance of getting screened at their health centres to know their health status.

The National Advisor for NCD and Wellness, Dr Isimeli Tukana said that people must get into the habit of keeping track of their health.

TUKANA: “We must focus on replacing illness with wellness and this can be done if we all play our part. Do not wait to fall unwell to practise wellness.”

Members of the public can contact the Health Ministry or your nearest health facility for more information regarding screenings.

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