Fiji Government Wants NGO Help To Combat Non-Communicable Diseases

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Minister: ‘Novel ideas’ from everyone needed to address problem

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 23, 2015) – Non-Governmental Organisations and supporting health agencies need to support Government in it’s efforts to combat the increase of Non-Communicable diseases and diabetes in Fiji, says Health Minister Jone Usamate.

Speaking at the Diabetes, Non-Communicable diseases workshop held at Novotel hotel in Suva, Minister Usamate said while the Fijian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, is doing its best to tackle this overwhelming problem, it has become evident that the Government cannot do it alone.

"As far as diabetes and NCDs are concerned, we all know where we are: in a drastic state indeed. We also know where we want to be. This leaves us to determine how we will get there," Minister Usamate said.

Minister Usamate adds that although faced with unprecedented problem of enormous proportions with Diabetes and other NCDs reaching epidemic levels, we should now move away from the problem-focused mind-set and move towards being solution oriented.

"This means that we should all get together to discover options. We need novel ideas to tackle our issues, but we must carry this out in an orderly manner."

Diabetes chairman Dr Wahid Khan sharing similar sentiments highlighted the need for various organisations to have an integrated approach in combating these lifestyle diseases.

"We can only combat NCDs’ and diabetes in Fiji, if people have the responsibility to change their lifestyle and be responsible with their own health," Dr Khan said.

The one day workshop formulated a guideline to combat NCDs’ in the country on a more comprehensive approach.

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