HEALTH inspectors will be assigned to monitor food stalls at the 2013 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival with the ultimate aim of promoting the theme "Pacific Wellness' among all Fijians.
And the Ministry of Health will also conduct free medical check-ups and health screenings at the week-long festival in their effort to create awareness on the risks of non-communicable diseases.
Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma said this was a great opportunity for everyone to access free medical check-ups, detection of diseases and follow-up on health checks.
"Many people are dying young from non-communicable diseases and through this awareness drives and free medical check-ups, we are able to involve everyone from the homes, villages and communities," he said.
"Wellness through healthy lifestyles is the key to preventing many non-communicable diseases that plague the Fijian community so we need to change our lifestyle, eat healthy foods and go for regular check-ups."
Dr Sharma highlighted early intervention and changing bad habits could save money, time and most importantly lives.
Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the Education Ministry to monitor food sold in school canteens.