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Go For Screening Now: Dr Tukana

Go For Screening Now: Dr Tukana
National advisor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Dr Isimeli Tukana (fourth from the left-sitting) with the medical practitioners from all over northern divsion during the opening of primary health care practitioners training on diabetes management at Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
April 24
13:41 2016

All adults above the age of 30 are encouraged to visit their nearest health centre for non-communicable disease (NCDs) screening.

The national advisor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Dr Isimeli Tukana, said this after the opening of two-day Primary Health Care Practitioners’ Training on Diabetes Management at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday.

“Our annual target is to get 80,000 people screened for NCDs before the end of July,” Dr Tukana said.

“Whether you are sick or not, you should make an effort to go to your nearest health centre, nursing station or hospital to get NCDs screening done.

“If you don’t get yourself checked, you will never be able to know what kind of NCDs you have.

“If detected early, we can advise you on how to live a better lifestyle and live longer in this world,” he said

Dr Tukana said the reason they wanted to get more people screened early was so that they were aware of what kind of NCDs we had in Fiji.

“Secondly, once we have the statistics we can plan out effective ways and techniques to educate people on how to live a better lifestyle.

“I’m referring to lifestyles a lot because it is a major contributing factor in increase of NCDs in Fiji.

“According to our inspection all four division have similar records of NCDs cases,” he said.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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