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NCDs bigger than dengue

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, March 17, 2014

DENGUE is not the problem, non-communicable diseases are, says Dr Isimeli Tukana.

The NCD national advisor made the comment at the National Salt Awareness Week and the C-Pond Strategic Plan 2014-2019 launch in Suva on Monday.

"There are two main things happening in Fiji, one is dengue and the other is NCDs," Dr Tukana said.

"This one, however, is not for mosquitoes, and this is about non-communicable diseases.

"There are only eight deaths so far from dengue fever; we have more than 4000 out of 6000 deaths a year from NCDs.

"I just hope that I put that across in context that while we are launching this very important document that I make the statement clear that while we are dealing with dengue, the crisis is definitely on NCDs and I am so happy that the objective of C-Pond in the strategic plan is a way forward for us ... through evidence-based research."