Lifestyle choices contributes to rise in NCDs: O’Connor

Dr Rajeev Patel adresses the participants during the 2nd Diabetes Fiji Symposium at Holiday Inn today. Picture: RAMA

NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) affects the productivity level and affects the quality of one life.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor said this while officiating at the opening of the National Diabetes Footcare Symposium, at the Holiday Inn in Suva this morning.

Mr O’Connor said that the public’s help is needed to address the deadly disease and to change lifestyle habits.

He reminded participants at the symposium that their lifestyle choices are contributing to the rise of non- communicable-diseases (NCDs) in the country.

“There are bad habits that affect our health, which includes excessive alcohol intake, tobacco and consuming too much processed food,” he said.

He said consuming lots of sugar, oil and salt increases the risks of getting diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

“I am encouraging each of you here today, that it is vitally important for everyone to work together, to take responsibilities to address the issues of NCDs in Fiji.”