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Dean calls for teamwork to address NCDs

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, February 22, 2013

FIJI National University's Dean for the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Services, Professor Ian Rouse says there are significant health problems in the country that are being faced around the Pacific and the world.

Prof Rouse said some of those health problems included infectious diseases but the big burden that Fiji was facing were non-communicable diseases.

"We have a lot of cases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer which is being well recognised in the Pacific especially in Fiji and is becoming a significant problem," he said.

"The health system on its own cannot cope with such diseases and there are not enough resources. Some key message coming through from agencies like World Health Organisation is that they need everybody in the country to be involved through their communities in addressing issues such as NCDs."

Prof Rouse said communities needed to understand health issues and understand what they needed to do especially working together.