Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 9:05 PM on Wednesday 30 July

/ Front page / News

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.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Iliesa Delana explains
  2. Help pours in
  3. Love from within
  4. Plea to save school
  5. Parents thank lucky stars
  6. Focus remains on education
  7. Gaskell on trial for the murder of his Fijian wife
  8. Call for intervention
  9. No water, no school
  10. Roadworks

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  2. Illegal Fijians in Tonga Friday (25 Jul)
  3. Hero's tale Tuesday (29 Jul)
  4. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  5. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  6. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)
  7. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)
  8. Tafunai confident Friday (25 Jul)
  9. Sevens schedule revealed Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. Misleading phone deals Monday (28 Jul)