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Poverty, Contributing Factor To Neglected Tropical Diseases

  Poverty is a major contribution to the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in our communities, says Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta during the Health
11 Jun 2016 10:18
Poverty, Contributing Factor To Neglected Tropical Diseases
Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta

 

Poverty is a major contribution to the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in our communities, says Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta during the Health and Medical Services workshop.

He said NTDs devastate the poorest and most neglected communities by causing debilitating illness and trapping families in a cycle of poverty.

“This is because of the improvished environments which these diseases thrive and sometimes remain dormant for many years in individuals before it is discovered and is associated with poverty.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has come a long way in treating and fighting these disease but they need more attention on the persons who are affected,” Dr Koroivueta said.

Government is committed to ensure that all citizens have access to basic needs, he said.

These include safe drinking water and a clean environment which can prevent NTDs in some of hard to reach areas in Fiji.

“The elimination of these diseases means an end to the long-term complications of disability, deformities, impaired cognitive development, nutritional disorders, comorbid illnesses and even death.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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