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Police challenge

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, January 31, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force has expressed concern over the number of officers who have died from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) over the past three years.

Throughout the three-year time frame, the force recorded a total of 37 police deaths —­ 31 of which were caused by NCDs.

This means 84 per cent of the total number of deaths were preventable, a police statement confirmed yesterday.

"The greatest asset of any organisation is its human resources. The death of police officers has major effects on the organisation and a bigger impact on their families," the statement revealed.

Given the shocking statistics, the police force partnered with the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health to conduct the Health Audit for 2013.

This commenced on Tuesday this week, police spokeswoman, Ana Naisoro confirmed yesterday.

"The current health audit result we have is now two years old however, as outlined within the organisation's health policy, it should be conducted on a yearly basis," Ms Naisoro said.

The Force Medical Unit has made monitoring and evaluation a key priority area for the coming year in order to effectively contribute to having fit and healthy police officers by December 31, the report concluded.