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Usamate Warns on Lifestyles

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate have called on people in the North to change their lifestyles. He said this while opening the new Northern Dialysis Centre at
23 Aug 2015 09:46
Usamate Warns on Lifestyles
Minister for Health Jone Usamate opens the new dialysis centre in Labasa yestreday. Photo: Peni Drauna

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate have called on people in the North to change their lifestyles.

He said this while opening the new Northern Dialysis Centre at Labasa Hospital last Friday.

“The ministry have only one vision, that is a healthier population which supports the overall vision of Government; building a better Fiji,” Mr Usamate said.

He noted that the new dialysis centre had been a project of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North.

“It is not about celebrating the dialysis machines but we need to look upstream; we need to look at the things that caused these diseases in the first place,” he said.

“Your health is your business; the primary responsibility of any person’s health is that person himself.

“In Fiji the biggest health problem that we have right now comes from non-communicable diseases (NCD) and these types of diseases are diseases that you invite into your own life by your own choices,” he said.

The Dialysis Centre was part of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North’s project with a total cost of $250,000.

He said that dialysis treatments were handled by a committee within in his ministry.. Because the committee only had a budget of $160,000 it prioritised cases, according to Mr Usamate.

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