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Combat Killer Disease (NCD) By Keeping Fit, Says Akbar

With 80 per cent of deaths in the Pacific attributed to Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) the Minister for Health Rosy Akbar says it is seri­ous and one way to combat
11 Feb 2018 11:00
Combat Killer Disease (NCD) By Keeping Fit, Says Akbar
Participants and winners of the Sports World Fun Run event in My Suva Park yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Health.

With 80 per cent of deaths in the Pacific attributed to Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) the Minister for Health Rosy Akbar says it is seri­ous and one way to combat this killer disease is to be active and fit.

She made the comments as more than 150 participants braved the wet and cold conditions yesterday to take part in the Sports World Fun Run in Suva.

The Fun Run was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Courts Fiji.

The event, which is part of the ministry’s strategy in the battle against NCDs, saw participants de­termined to show the importance of keeping healthy.

“The ministry is serious and NCD can be reversed with healthy living and having self-discipline, healthy eating and exercising to ensure that one’s health is always a priority and people will live a longer life,” Ms Akbar said.

Sports World general manager Vinod Naidu said he anticipated 700 participants for the event, but nevertheless he acknowledged and thanked people who attended the event.

Courts director marketing Anil Senewiratne said the four months promotion of the wellness pro­gramme was part of the health fit­ness promotion initially launched by the Minister for Health Rosy Akbar.

Mr Senewiratne said they have witnessed the results of the pro­gramme by the number of people who turned up to the event ready to make an investment in a healthy lifestyle.

Minister for Health Rosy Akbar said she was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up to the event despite the weather condi­tion.

Ms Akbar in acknowledging the ministry’s partnership said that there were a variety of NCD cases in Fiji and the programme was aimed to raise awareness and get more Fijians to know the impor­tance of having a healthy lifestyle.

“Eighty per cent of deaths in the Pacific is attributed to NCDs and this is serious, one way to combat this killer disease is to be active and fit.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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