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Healthy Eating, Exercise And NCD Is A Challenge: O’Connor

Meningococcal is a serious issue which poses concern for the authorities, says Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor. Mr O’Connor was speaking during the health reporting for
28 Mar 2018 10:20
Healthy Eating, Exercise And NCD Is A Challenge: O’Connor

Meningococcal is a serious issue which poses concern for the authorities, says Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor was speaking during the health reporting for improved health outcomes collaborative workshop with the World Health Organisation at Novotel Suva Lami Bay on Monday.

He said a key priority for this was getting the community to understand what meningococcal disease is, to know the signs and symptoms and, to be alert and report early to the health authorities.

“Here, we know we do not want to raise the alarm and anxiety in the community, as we know this is still an uncommon disease,’’ Mr O’Connor said.

“That is why it is important … making sure that information is presented in a way that is empowering, but does not cause confusion and misunderstanding.

“On the other side though, it is also a challenge for us to engage our communities in important health issues, such as healthy eating, exercise and non-communicable diseases.

“This is because these health issues are sometimes products of common social behaviour, such as eating certain food or lack of exercise.

“Changing behaviour is the hardest thing to do as it requires creating social change and this does not occur over night.

“It is a long-term sustainable change in people’s behaviour,” Mr O’Connor said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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