HEALTH WALK TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

HEALTH WALK TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Written By: Evlyn Mani

19/03/2014

In the effort to reduce the high incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases in Fiji, the Health Ministry in partnership with Westpac Bank is promoting “Move for Health Walk” which is an annual event. Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said globally 6 per cent of deaths each year were attributed to physical inactivity. 

“Move for health basically encourages people to participate in physical activity and this will contribute to healthy living among individuals,” Dr Sharma said. 

“Non-Communicable Diseases has risen over the past years with diabetes at the top but to prevent this we need to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

“People should take ownership of their health and ensure they live a healthy lifestyle.”

Westpac Bank General Manager Adrian Hughes said the annual walk was to create awareness with the aim of combating NCD’s such as diabetes, heart attack and rheumatic heart problems.

The walk in Suva on Saturday will begin at 6am from outside the Suva Bowling Club.
 
“Through these initiatives we are able to create solutions on how we can combat NCD and encourage people to live healthy,” Mr Hughes said. 
He commended the Ministry of Health for its continuous support in combating NCDs and has encouraged every Fijian to be part of the event.

HEALTH MINISTRY REMINDS MUNICIPAL COUNCILS TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT IN COMBATING DENGUE FEVER

HEALTH MINISTRY REMINDS MUNICIPAL COUNCILS TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT IN COMBATING DENGUE FEVER

Written By: Evlyn Mani

18/03/2014

The Ministry of Health is urging municipal councils across the country to prioritise Government’s concerns on dengue fever.

In the past few weeks, Government has intensified its campaign against Dengue Fever. Through the Ministry of Health, Government has called on every Fijian to take a proactive approach and discard or destroy areas that are likely to breed mosquitoes. At the same time, the health ministry has called on the private sector including municipal councils to assist Government to assist in these efforts.

The Central Board of Health has issued a circular to municipalities directing immediate collection of damaged white goods and rubbish from respective areas.

Rubbish disposals remaining on the roadside are prone to collect stagnant water that can breed mosquitoes. However despite the concerns raised by the Health Ministry, piles of rubbish continue to be seen lying on the roadsides for weeks.

For these reasons the Health Ministry reiterates and calls on municipalities to take immediate responsibility in carting and disposing of rubbish from roadsides to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes.

HEALTH FACILITIES OPEN AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ACTIVATED

Health Facilities Open and Emergency Operations Center Activated

Written By: Evlyn Mani

28/02/2014

The Ministry of Health is advising that health facilities will remain open where possible during the current adverse weather conditions being experienced in certain parts of the country.

This includes the activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) where health officials at the Health Headquarters are working on eight hour shifts today with a further review of this tomorrow morning.

However, Navua Hospital will be open for emergency cases only with a temporary clinic set up on the second floor of the hospital and manned by health officials on a 12 hour shift.

Staff from the hospital had earlier relocated equipment from the bottom floor before it experienced flooding.

The Health Ministry said contingency plans have been activated at hospitals, sub divisional hospitals and health centers within the central, eastern and northern division.

The public can contact the Health Ministry’s Command Center on 3215823/3544228.