Aware­ness Pro­grammes in the Com­mu­nity to Tackle NCDs Prob­lem

Fiji Sun - - Comment - Jy­otip@fi­

each­ing out to fam­i­lies through aware­ness is a way for­ward to tackle non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) for the National Well­ness Cen­tre.

The cen­tre, lo­cated at the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices build­ing, hopes to pro­mote health lifestyle to com­bat NCDs. NCD national ad­vi­sor and Head of the National Well­ness Cen­tre, Dr Isimeli Tukana, is op­ti­mistic that the aware­ness pro­grammes would pro­mote pos­i­tive be­hav­iour change among fam­i­lies.

“Our plan is to do more out­reaches in the com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide health screen­ings and raise aware­ness on NCD pre­ven­tion. For a healthy Fiji, we need to have healthy fam­i­lies and parental role is im­por­tant in terms of pro­vid­ing healthy choices to their fam­ily mem­bers,” he said.

“NCD is about lifestyle and lifestyle is about peo­ple. Fam­ily health is very im­por­tant espe­cially in nur­tur­ing healthy lifestyle for chil­dren, as there is a shift to pro­cessed food. We need to im­prove the lifestyle to add value to the med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion. I am happy to say that we now have a di­a­betic man­age­ment guide­line to­gether with the car­dio­vas­cu­lar and res­pi­ra­tory guide­lines. “We have also started with the road cam­paign on nu­tri­tion and we are vis­it­ing the schools and rais­ing aware­ness on healthy lifestyle,” Dr Tukana said.

The two main strate­gies iden­ti­fied to ef­fec­tively tackle NCDs are the health sec­tor in­ter­ven­tion and aware­ness on the healthy life­styles.

“The real preva­lence of di­a­betes in Fiji was 16.5 per cent in 2002 and now its 15.6 per cent. The con­se­quences of NCD are that it af­fects pro­duc­tiv­ity level and in­curs cost to the health sec­tor and bur­dens the fam­i­lies. “We need the sup­port of the Faith Based Or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity lead­ers to ad­dress this is­sue at com­mu­nity level,” Dr Tukana said. Source: Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices

Min­istry of Health staff mem­bers from the cen­tral and east­ern di­vi­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fiji Di­a­betes dur­ing the NCD Aware­ness work­shop held in Suva ear­lier this month.

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