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Health promotion not enough for children, says Ratu Epeli

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, July 04, 2014

PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says there is a need for all stakeholders to scale up on non-communicable diseases.

He told health professionals and experts at the NCD workshop on Wednesday that he was glad that one of the renowned professional groups, Fiji Medical Association, was leading this charge.

He said he had been informed that the association was working closely with lawyers from the Fiji Law Society.

He said there were also civil society groups such as the Diabetes Fiji, the Consumer Council, faith-based organisations as well as regional and international partners such as WHO and UNDP, that were assisting the Ministry of Health in this endeavour.

He said although NCD was a lifestyle disease and left to the individual to make their own choices, children did not have such privileges and were quite vulnerable and needed to be protected.

He said this was where the law and policy came into effect at population level to support action at individual and family level.

"We should not be bringing up our children in an environment that exposes them to the risk factors of tobacco and drug use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity," Ratu Epeli said.

"For children, health promotion is not sufficient to do and we must put in place health protection measures," he said.