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Walk The Talk, Fight NCDs: President Tells Health Professionals

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote made it clear to health professionals to walk the talk and lead by example in the battle against non-communicable diseases. He was speaking at the
11 May 2017 11:00
Walk The Talk, Fight NCDs: President Tells Health Professionals
National Advisor non-Communicable Diseases Dr. Isimeli Tukana (left) with the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the closing of the National Primary Healthcare Symposium 2017 at Holiday-Inn on May 9th, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote made it clear to health professionals to walk the talk and lead by example in the battle against non-communicable diseases.

He was speaking at the closing of the Primary Health Care Symposium in Suva on Tuesday.

“We all need to advocate for wellness lifestyles in our respective communities, settlements and municipalities; through schools and faith-based organisations; and in our workplaces and in sports and social functions,” President Konrote said.

“We must aim to change the behavior of our people to ‘lead healthy lifestyles’.

“It is also encouraging to note that our efforts to-date have begun to show some favourable and positive outcomes.”

He also highlighted the decreased consumption of tobacco.

“Recent statistics show that the rate of tobacco consumption in adults has decreased, albeit slightly, from 17.5 per cent to 16.6 per cent.

“The diabetes rate among Fijian adults has also decreased from 16.5 per cent to 15.6 per cent. These are encouraging signs.

“We need to scale-up our efforts to change lifestyles in our communities: we need to encourage our people to eat fresh and locally grown foods; to reduce their tobacco consumption; and control their alcohol and kava intake.

“We also need to encourage them to check their health status regularly for early detection and treatment of NCDs.”



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