War­wick Ho­tels boost NCD aware­ness in Coral Coast

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In bid to fight against non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCD), the first ed­u­ca­tional aware­ness pro­gramme was launched at the Coral Coast on Wed­nes­day. The pro­gramme was held at the Korolevu Health Cen­tre and was made pos­si­ble through the con­tri­bu­tion of the War­wick Ho­tels and Re­sorts in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Health and the Si­ga­toka Hos­pi­tal. Nav­iti Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager John Duxbury said that the in­volve­ment of both Nav­iti Re­sort and The War­wick Fiji played an im­por­tant role in the com­mu­nity. “We play an im­por­tant role in the as­sis­tance to the Korolevu Health Cen­tre and con­tin­ues the sub­stan­tial aid that both prop­er­ties have given over the last few years,” he said. “Whilst we have sup­ported the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and in par­tic­u­lar the Si­ga­toka Hos­pi­tal over the years, our fo­cus is now set on con­tin­u­ing to heav­ily con­cen­trate on those vil­lages and com­mu­ni­ties in the Tik­ina Korolevu-i-wai and Tik­ina O Ko­mave area that some­time strug­gle for fi­nan­cial and re­source sup­port.”

The prop­er­ties as­sist by pro­vid­ing trans­port, mul­ti­me­dia, cater­ing and mar­quees for the med­i­cal teams. War­wick Ho­tels and Re­sort Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Mereisi To­gakai said that over 150 vil­lagers from the Korolevu cor­ri­dor at­tended the pro­gramme to be ed­u­cated on is­sues such as nutri­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise and self-care. “This was de­signed to tar­get those in the com­mu­ni­ties that suf­fered from NCD re­lated ill­nesses in par­tic­u­lar dis­able per­sons and to also cau­tion oth­ers on the real dan­gers of NCD’s,” she said. Health Cen­tre’s Dr El­iz­a­beth Dass said that this pro­gramme had been a tremen­dous suc­cess. “This is with the large num­bers that had showed up and the level of en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity and the med­i­cal teams present,” Dr Dass said. The Si­ga­toka hos­pi­tal med­i­cal team present in­clude se­nior eye nurse Marica Ratubuli, di­eti­cian Arti Devi, phys­io­ther­a­pist Nam­ratha Narayan, peer ed­u­ca­tor Laisana Rakula and med­i­cal in­terns.

She said as a re­sult sev­eral in­stant re­fer­rals had been made for those suf­fer­ing from eye prob­lems.

Photo: War­wick Ho­tels and Re­sorts

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity get­ting checked at the Korolevu Health Cen­tre.

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