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Building a healthy nation starts with us: Konrote

Alisi Vucago
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Update: 3:30PM NON-COMMUNICABLE diseases contribute to about 80 per cent of deaths of persons under the age of 70 in Fiji, says Fiji President Jioji Konrote.

While speaking to athletes at last night's 2017 Fiji Sports Awards ceremony, he said Fiji was now the second highest Pacific Island country with NCD-related deaths in the region.

"A good portion of our hard-earned money is going towards the nation's health bills. NCDs like heart diseases and diabetes top the list of killer diseases," Mr Konrote said.

"Imagine if a part of the hundreds of millions of dollars that are currently channeled towards our health bills are directed to other national development activities like improving our sporting facilities, and investing more into our athletes and officials."

Mr Konrote said it was critical for all Fijians to know that building a sustainable and healthy nation started with every single person. 

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