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$406 Million Spent In Battle Against NCDs

“We welcome any measures that address the contributing factors to diabetes and will continue to advocate fiercely for healthier and more nutrition-secure consumption from Fijians.”
25 Jan 2022 14:07
$406 Million Spent In Battle Against NCDs

The total burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Fijian society is estimated to be $406 million annually.

This is according to the 2018 Economic Burden Report Fiji.

Head of Wellness Fiji Dr Devina Nand in a joint statement with Diabetes Fiji, said NCDs was a crisis claiming lives and creating serious suffering for many Fijians.

“The over consumption of sugar, salt, oil, and processed foods are major contributors to the prevalence of NCDs in Fiji,” she said.

“It is a shame that these unhealthy options fill consumer shopping baskets when Fiji has so many fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious food options.

“Home gardening initiatives like Grow Your Own Food by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Grow Your Own Food booklet and My Kana application available on Play Store are excellent ways forward.”

The statement also revealed that in 2020, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services recorded 5700 deaths due to complications related to NCDs.

Diabetes Fiji project manager Viliame Qio said diabetes was among the most devastating of NCDs and high sugar intake made this disease more prevalent and severe among our people across gender and ethnicity.

“2013-2018 outpatient data recorded more than 176,000 patients treated for diabetes in Fiji – that is a crisis,” he said.

“We welcome any measures that address the contributing factors to diabetes and will continue to advocate fiercely for healthier and more nutrition-secure consumption from Fijians.”

Given the severe negative health effects of over consuming sugar, sugar-sweetened beverages, and sugar-filled processed foods, Wellness Fiji and Diabetes Fiji hope that the increase in sugar prices will curb sugar consumption.

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