Pacific Health Access Improving In NZ

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Early results of 4 year plan

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 2, 2015) – Pacific access to primary health care in New Zealand is improving according to early results from a four year plan.

The Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing plan was launched to identify why there is a gap in health outcomes between Pacific Islanders and other New Zealanders, and to address the disparity.

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says Pacific Islanders are showing better figures in accessing care from a nurse or doctor compared to the total New Zealand population.

But he says too many Pacific Islanders are affected by diabetes, childhood tooth decay and childhood obesity.

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