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Healthy Diet Keeps Doctors Away

Healthy Diet Keeps Doctors Away
Jekope Durinavatu with his wife Kesaia Dovitaba of Nabubu Village in Macuata Province shopping at Shop N Save Supermarket in Labasa on April 23. Photo:Shratika Naidu
April 27
11:00 2018

Mother of one Kesaia Dovitaba believes eating right keeps doctors away.

Ms Dovitaba, 37 is always ac­companied by her husband Jekope Durinavatu when they turn up at Labasa’s Shop N Save supermarket to shop.

The couple, originally from Nabubu Village in Macuata travel to Labasa to replenish their stock every fortnight as they work at a farm at Vaturova in Cakaudrove.

“It is very important to buy just what we need and refrain from wasting money on junk or un­healthy foods,” Ms Dovitaba said.

She shops only for groceries and cleaning agents most of the ingre­dients for their family meals are taken from their farm.

“Villagers like us who live very far away from health centres and hospitals must eat the right food,” she said.

“It is expensive to reach the hos­pital; since we are surrounded with good food from our planta­tions and sea we should eat them and stay healthy.

“It is very important that we be all health conscious.”

When out shopping time is crucial for Ms Dovitaba and her husband that as soon as they disembark at Labasa town they head straight for Shop N Save supermarket.

“We come to Labasa after every two weeks to do our shopping. Most times we travel all the way from Vaturova,” she said.

“That is why as soon as we get to town we hop off the bus, head straight to Shop N Save super­market and then attend to other errands before catching the bus back.

“We do not have time to be look­ing around for reduced prices on items we have on our shopping list.

“We trust Shop N Save, they are always good and fair to us farmers and villagers with their prices.

“If there was a Shop N Save supermarket in Savusavu we would not be coming all the way to Labasa.

“This supermarket edges others for quality, quantity and reason­able prices.

“We spent around $150 to $200 for shopping and we mostly buy what we need to survive while working in the farm.

“We have been doing dalo and yaqona farming for ten years and we are very happy with whatever we have.”

“We have a son who is studying Year 13 and boarding at Nadogo Central College.

“Whatever income we get from farming we use it on our only child and our shopping.

A special treat to them is having chicken curry and rice for a meal.

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