Non Communicable Diseases
- Categorized in: Public Health
Fiji lies in the heart of Pacific Ocean midway between the equator and the South Pole and between the equator and between longitudes 175 and 178 west and latitudes 15 and 22 south. The Fiji Islands are made up of approximately 330 islands of which, one third are inhabited. There are two major islands Vitilevu and Vanualevu. Fiji’s total area is 18,333 square kilometers. In the National Census of 2007, the population of Fiji stood at 837,271. About eighty percent of the populations live on Vitilevu, sixteen percent in Vanualevu and four percent in the Maritime Islands. Fiji has a relatively young population with about 48 percent (402,991) persons below the age of 25 years. The number of people aged 60 years and over is estimated at 62,940 persons or 7.5% of the total population of 2007. About 18,000 births occur in Fiji each year with a crude birth rate and crude death rate of 21.0 and 7.2 per 1000 respectively. The government’s focus on health lies in preventative health care, whilst at the same time recognizing curative health care needs as an important entity that is all-inclusive in a national health system.
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