Dash for Diabetes a success
The Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate was one of 270 active participants in Fiji’s first Dash for Diabetes. The event was held last Saturday in Suva to coincide with World Diabetes Day.
The inaugural 5km fun run, established by the Petero Civoniceva Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, raised money and awareness for the disease which affects almost 1 in 3 Fijians. The event attracted an impressive 270 participants, from serious athletes to families enjoying a day out together. After the race, the runners were entertained by various groups including Lei dancers, Inside Out band and Street Cheer Fiji.
Health: Antibiotics losing their effectiveness according to WHO
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate and The Director of Pacific Technical Support, WHO representative Dr Liu Yunguo launched the Antibiotic Week and the National Antimicrobial (AMR) Action Plan.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is “Handle With Care”. The threat of antibiotics losing their effectiveness has become so serious that the World Health Organisation has seen the need for a global campaign educating people on how to use antibiotics wisely.
Through a survey the Ministry of Health & Medical Services discovered that antibiotics were used inappropriately for viral illnesses such as colds and influenza.
“The goal of the Antibiotic Awareness week is to raise awareness about antibiotics resistance and change behaviours to improve the responsible use of antibiotics”, Mr Usamate said.
“For the public there are three basic rules of handling antibiotics. Firstly to always take the full prescription even if you feel better. Never share or use leftover antibiotics and never buy antibiotics without prescriptions”.
Speaking on the National Action Plan, Mr Usamate said that it will provide comprehensive strategic directions for the country.
The Minister for Health also thanked WHO for their technical assistance in the development of the National Action Plan.
Breast Cancer awareness gets financial boost
Awareness on Breast Cancer was further boosted after a group of girls successfully organised a fundraising drive to assist the Cancer Society of Fiji under the Go Bald Give Hope initiative.
The leader of the group Ms Sanjana voluntarily shaved her head to raise funds which will be directed towards the cancer outreach awareness program.
This initiative of Go Bald Give hope is an innovative way to support and raise awareness on cancer.
Breast cancer has been amongst the top two causes of cancer amongst females in Fiji with 179 cases reported in 2013. Most cases could be treated if presented early to the health facilities.
While officiating the program the Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar commended the group for taking such a bold step to focus on quality advocacy of accessible, available services that aim to reduce the incidence of cancer.
“I salute the organisers of the program as it is not always easy to participate in such bold initiatives, but I am sure that we can through today’s program make a difference in someone’s life” said Mrs Bhavnagar.