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Keep Our Community Clean And Healthy: Naidu

Keep Our Community Clean And Healthy: Naidu
From left: TISI Sangam academic board chairman Amaraiya Naidu, convention chairman Vijay Narayan, chief guest Professor Vijay Naidu, TISI secretary Damen Goundar and TISI national president Sadasivan Naicker at the 91st TISI Sangam Convention opening at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on March 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
March 31
11:12 2018

Professor Vijay Naidu of the University of the South Pa­cific yesterday called on the TISI Sangam community to know the consequences of the excessive usage of kava, alcohol and smok­ing.

While speaking on the conven­tion’s theme ‘Engaging for a Clean and Healthy Community’, at La­waqa park, Sigatoka, he said a clean and healthy community would be a spiritual community.

“Being a clean and healthy com­munity has environmental, spiritu­al, social, cultural, economic, politi­cal and psychological dimensions,” Professor Naidu said.

He said they need to address the epidemic together as an organisa­tion.

Chief guest Professor Vijay Naidu at the the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention opening at the Lawaqa park in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Chief guest Professor Vijay Naidu at the the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention opening at the Lawaqa park in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

“There are many negative conse­quences of our contemporary life­styles, these include obesity and other Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes and heart diseases,” Professor Naidu said.

In some parts of the country, he added 20-year-olds looked like they are in their 40s due to the excessive usage of kava and smoking.

“Far too many parents are attend­ing the funerals of their adult chil­dren, usually men.

“Our younger generation must be socialised away from becoming kava addicts,” Professor Naidu said.

Mr Naidu who is a lifetime mem­ber of the organisation said it de­notes that they think about their lifestyles and ways in which they act.

He then reminded their members to always remember the humble be­ginnings of the organisation.

“I acknowledge our ancestors who came as humble indentured labour­ers working and living in difficult circumstances, they persevered to build communities that in two to three generations produced profes­sional men and women, artisans we can all be very proud of,” Professor Naidu said.

The event was also attended by representatives from political par­ties, Government officials and prominent business people who are all members of T.I.S.I Sangam.

Participants at the conference also included members from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Unit­ed States of America.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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