Fiji Time: 8:06 AM on Saturday 10 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

4800 die from NCD

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AT least 4800 Fijians die every year from non-communicable disease, says Dr Isimeli Tukana.

And many of these NCD-related deaths are related to excess salt intake.

The NCD national advisor revealed this in an interview following yesterday's launch of the National Salt Awareness Week.

"6000 Fijians die every year, and of these 80 per cent are NCD-related deaths," Dr Tukana said.

"When you talk about high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke you have to relate it to salt because it is the physical connection to the disease.

"It's important to note that the food we eat —it's clearly written there how much salt or sodium is in that food and the challenge is for us to make Fijians understand the subject."

He said one of the main reasons could be simply because more and more Fijians were buying from supermarkets and were buying processed foods.

"We are not stopping Fijians from buying from the supermarket, what we are trying to do now is to improve our information and tell Fijians how much salt or sugar is in the food that they can eat.

"It's just logic — if you know the cause of the disease, you should tackle the cause, the main causes and risk factors are salt.

"And to bring the numbers down we have to cut down on our daily salt consumption."

Dr Tukana said even though the national focus was now on dengue fever, it was important to note that dengue fever could only be controlled in a period of time however NCDs was the bigger problem and that it was the responsibility of all individuals to control their salt consumption.

NCD-related diseases include cancer, kidney failure, heart diseases, high blood pressure and stroke.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61820.5992
JPY 57.502354.5023
GBP 0.30880.3008
EUR 0.42110.4091
NZD 0.71840.6854
AUD 0.65730.6323
USD 0.47680.4598



Exchange Rate updated on 9th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Man jailed 14 years for raping brother's stepdaughter
  2. Ryan eyes lanky 15s forward
  3. 10 years for raping seven-year-old girl
  4. Newcomers Dreketi upsets Lautoka
  5. Retiree keeps promise to make a difference
  6. Unreasonable requests
  7. Strong economy
  8. Suva makes IDC semis
  9. Housing project for hundreds
  10. PM nominates Konrote for President

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  3. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  4. Mum upset Wednesday (07 Oct)
  5. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa Tuesday (06 Oct)
  6. Death classified as unnatural Thursday (08 Oct)
  7. FRCA duo sent home Wednesday (07 Oct)
  8. Sex offenders top list, taxpayers foot $15,660 per day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  9. Fiji thrash Uruguay 47-15 Wednesday (07 Oct)
  10. Ganilau a nominee Thursday (08 Oct)