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NCDs on the rise in Kadavu

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, was told non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise in Kadavu.  According to statistics provided by Vunisea Hospital, last year the island recorded 288 cases of diabetes of which 107 were admitted. Additionally, there were 70 cases of high blood pressure and four cases of malnutrition. […]

Peni Shute

January 30, 2016 8:53 am

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, was told non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise in Kadavu. 

According to statistics provided by Vunisea Hospital, last year the island recorded 288 cases of diabetes of which 107 were admitted. Additionally, there were 70 cases of high blood pressure and four cases of malnutrition.

Minister of Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate, with health staff at Vunisea. PHOTO: @JoneUsamate/Twitter
Minister of Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate, with health staff at Vunisea.
PHOTO: @JoneUsamate/Twitter

Speaking to villagers of Ravitaki and Daviqele, Mr Usamate said NCDs were never experienced in the islands because of the abundance of healthy food.

He said healthy living rested solely on every individual.

It is your choice on how you live and what you eat, what you decide to think of, these are contributing factors to NCDs.

Here, there should not be a problem as you are surrounded by and provided with the best available healthy food. The problem is we are not utilising them well.

We allow ourselves to eat unhealthy food, live a lifestyle that is not ours and think of unnecessary things that have led to these lifestyle decisions.

Subdivisional medical officer at Vunisea Hospital Dr Ravaele Kelekele told the Fiji Times that it was unfortunate that this was happening

For our cases of malnutrition, it is because parents do not provide proper diet for their children or they care less about what their children eat.

The Ministry of Health, in its 5-year strategic plan, hopes to reduce by 50%t the number of NCD-related cases and lifestyle-related deaths by 2020.

Statistics provided by the Ministry revealed that 80% of all cases received by them are NCD-related while 30% of deaths are related to lifestyle diseases.

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