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Akbar: Those Who Cook Play a vital role in healthy lifestyle

  The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar told villagers that those who cook in the homes played a vital role in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Ms Akbar
16 Feb 2017 11:07
Akbar: Those Who Cook Play a vital role in healthy lifestyle
Minister for Health and Medical Serives Rosy Akbar with parents of Yako village in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar told villagers that those who cook in the homes played a vital role in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Ms Akbar made the comments during the launch of the Community Health and Fitness Programme at Yako Village in Nadroga yesterday.

This month, Courts (Fiji) Limited and the Ministry launched a fitness month to fight the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“Those who cook in our homes play important roles and whatever we cook in the kitchen is very much reflective of the type of health we have,” she said.

Ms Akbar said that those who live in a village environment were very much blessed compared to those who live in urban areas.

The village, through the programme, received a fitness bike, three sewing machines, and steam cooker sets.

Ms Akbar said: “The message we want to say is to live and look after your health. If you do not look after then there will be a lot of costs.

“I have visited few homes and found that there have been five amputations already in the village.

“The person who loses a limb, he or she loses the ability to work and can become a financial burden.

“We want people to take responsibility for their health. If one of us is not serious about health then it won’t go the way we want it to go.”

Turaga ni Koro Samisoni Raidriwa, 49 said the vanua of Nakaria was honoured to have hosted the programme, adding that they would put these equipment to the best use.

“We thank the Ministry for the visit, and emphasise the importance of health and fitness to the 68 households in the vanua of Nakaria and will be put to best use,” he said.

Soqosoqo Vakamarama chairperson Maca Tiqe, 59 added they were not forgotten and were empowered as well.

“Having the Minister visiting us shows the need for women to be empowered. We are thankful to the sewing machines to assist small scale businesses,” Ms Tiqe said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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