Health Ministry encourages backyard vegetable gardens
The Health Ministry encourages the public to invest in backyard vegetable gardens especially with the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, anemia, and obesity in the country.
Establishing a vegetable garden in the home is cost efficient and will prove beneficial to the family. Not only will this provide a source of fresh vegetables but is a form of physical activity as well.
Vegetable gardens will also provide a daily source of vitamins and minerals required by the body to thrive.
Home gardens will also allow people to budget and save money that would otherwise be spent on groceries and poor food choices.
Many do not try vegetable gardening due to limited yard space. However, there are other options available such as planting vegetables in pot plants or buckets.
The Health Ministry has established vegetable gardens at its hospitals and health facilities around the country.
People are encouraged to source fresh vegetables and incorporate them into their daily diets. This fresh food will help limit non-communicable diseases caused by poor diet choices including heavily processed foods.
Health services further strengthened in 2016
The Ministry of Health & Medical Services has reminded health staff to be more vigilant towards providing better and efficient services to the public.
The Hon. Assistant Minister of Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar conveyed this message to staff while visiting the health facilities in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki last week. While meeting the health staff Mrs Bhatnagar reminded them of the need to increase efficiency with service delivery so that the strategic development goals are further enhanced.
“I thank you for your continued hard work but we must not forget the expectations of people and give our best to address their medical problems”, said Mrs Bhatnagar.
“Health is one of the areas that needs to be prioritized, and we should be committed to achieving this and meeting our vision of ‘A healthy population’ through our dedicated service”.
Mrs Bhatnagar also thanked the Nadi Hospital for allowing the senior citizens to be seen first and has vowed to introduce this initiative at other health facilities.
Meanwhile, the completion of the new Ba hospital, the Makoi birthing Unit, A&E unit and the operation theatres at Lautoka Hospital are expected to further boost health services offered around the country.