OF the 73,538 people in Macuata, 1121 are diabetic and 1215 suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.
And the Ministry of Health is taking a strong stand to fight against such non-communicable diseases to prevent complications like stroke and cardiovascular diseases.
This was revealed by sub-divisional medical officer Macuata Doctor Setareki Sowane while presenting the NCD overview for the province during the launch of the World Diabetes Day at the Civic Centre building in Labasa yesterday.
"Non-communicable diseases are a lifestyle disease and when I say lifestyle, it means eating a lot of fatty and salty foods and not exercising our body regularly prompting obesity and overweight," Dr Sowane told the participants.
"Children who are overweight are more likely to develop NCDs later in life.
"This year, a total of 5373 primary school students in the Labasa medical area were checked for their weights."
He said 940 were overweight, 3569 had normal weight, and 169 had severe under weight and 666 were moderately underweight.
"My advice is for everyone to be well and don't get sick. Do a lot of exercises and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables," he said.
"Don't eat a lot of sweets, salty and fatty foods as this will cause overweight and obesity."
Also addressing the participants, divisional medical officer northern Doctor Pablo Romakin said November was the month of NCDs with the theme I'm Healthy and I Know It.