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HEART Big Pacific Killer

The International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention’s 47th International Teaching Seminar was launched at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island yesterday. Fiji National University acting vice-chancellor
16 Jun 2015 11:29
HEART Big Pacific Killer

The International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention’s 47th International Teaching Seminar was launched at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island yesterday.

Fiji National University acting vice-chancellor Professor Ian Rouse, FNU was committed to the provision of quality education and research to improve the health of all Pacific Islands people.

“Here in the Pacific Islands we are in the midst of one of the greatest health challenges the people of the Pacific have ever faced,” he said.

“Non-communicable diseases are endemic killing far too many of the population at young ages.”

Professor Rouse said the Pacific was still challenged with the burden of trying to understand new foes while struggling to conquer some of the old foes.

“Even in Fiji there is a lot of soul-searching about where we are going with the ‘three plagues’ of typhoid, dengue and leptospirosis,” he said.

“The launch of this international event will create a better understanding and prevention of cardiovascular diseases,” he said.

Professor Rouse hopes to build a long-term collaborative partnership with a long-term benefit for all people in the Pacific and across the world.

Thirty-five participants from 18 different countries are taking part in this unique event.

The ten-day seminar, a first for Fiji and the Pacific region by the society, is being held in collaboration with FNU, University of Cambridge and School of Clinical Medicine, United Kingdom.

 

Fiji offers prevention possibilities

While the main issue to be covered in the seminar is the cardiovascular disease epidemic, seminar organiser Dr Kaytee Khaw said Fiji had possibilities in this area.

The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Professor of Clinical Gerontology said, “Fiji offers huge possibilities for the prevention of cardiovascular disease because there is a major epidemic going on.

“It is a leading cause of death and disability so it offers the possibility of finding new ways of tackling the whole cardiovascular disease epidemic.

 

Fiji’s involvement to prevent NCDs

This is the first time the International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention seminar is being held in Fiji.

Fiji’s national advisor on non-communicable diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana shared the importance of Fiji’s involvement in this seminar.

“We have about 6000 deaths a year out of which 5000 are NCD-related with 80 per cent due to heart diseases.

“We have a crisis situation now, particularly premature deaths, as most of the deaths in Fiji are occurring before the age of 70 and most are due to heart attacks and strokes.”

 

 




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