If it is hard to change a lifestyle, then there is a need to create a lifestyle.
This was stressed by National Advisor NCD’s Dr Isimeli Tukana while speaking at Combating Non-Communicable Disease’s in Fiji Workshop at Suvavou House.
Non Communicable Diseases continues to be the biggest killer in Fiji, and the Ministry of Health through these workshops continue to look at strategies of advocating for the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Dr Tukana also highlighted when surveys are conducted the people know too well about NCD’s and its causes, risks and complications.
Head of Surgery and Medical Sciences at FNU, Professor Eddie McCaig says he has had the same talk on awareness of NCD’s and yet nothing seems to have changed.
He adds that awareness has taken place and continues around the country on the issue of NCD’s however, more still needs to be done.
Professor McCaig has also stressed that whatever has been done is not working and has suggested that Fiji must strengthen its curriculum in schools.
He says that the first half hour of the day must be spent to focus on improving health and this must be made compulsory.
Other suggestions from participants included that corporate bodies and businesses have physical activities once a week and making this mandatory in every workplace.