Kumar: NCDs costing $250m-$400m

Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar (centre) with City Council Executives and Youths commission the ground breaking ceremony for the Natokowaqa Multi-Purpose Outdoor Sports Facility in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar (centre) with City Council Executives and Youths commission the ground breaking ceremony for the Natokowaqa Multi-Purpose Outdoor Sports Facility in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

NON-COMMUNICABLE diseases cost the country between $250 million and $400 million a year.

This was the revelation by Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar during the groundbreaking ceremony of a $90,000 multipurpose sports facility in Natokowaqa, Lautoka, on Wednesday.

“NCDs are the single leading cause of health expenditure borne by the national economy and it represents the leading cause of death and disability in our nation,” he said.

“According to a study conducted in 2015, NCDs cost the Fijian economy between $250 million and $400 million annually.

“The estimate cost of $400 million had contributed 4.4 per cent towards the GDP amounting to $467 per person.

“The lower estimate of $250million had contributed 2.7 per cent towards the GDP, costing $286 per person

Mr Kumar said it was for this reason that Government, through his ministry, had committed considerable resources to establishing sporting arenas across the country.

He said by providing people easy access to sports facilities, more people could take up sports and this would help combat NCDs in the country.

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