People must take care of their health and make the right choices when it comes to health and lifestyles, says the Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma (pictured above).

He made the comments as the nation gathered to celebrate World Diabetes Day at Lautoka’s Churchill Park today.

In opening the day – long celebrations Dr Sharma said Government’s commitment towards health care in the country remained unwavering, however, individuals must also take note of what they are eating or consuming.

“Diabetes and non – communicable diseases (NCDS) are a problem in the whole world, it’s a problem in the Pacific and also in Fiji. Government remains committed towards the best health care services as millions are diverted towards healthcare in the country’s national budget every year,” he said.

“Each individual must take responsibility in what he or she consumes and we must ensure that we, ourselves are responsible enough to look after our own health.”

Celebrations started with a march from Shirley Park through the town to Churchill Park and were joined by medical professionals, youths, students and those that suffered from diabetes and other government departments.

Dr Sharma also highlighted the need to work together with food companies in promoting healthy eating and healthy living.

“We need to ensure that we work closely with the food companies because right now there is a variety of carbonated drinks and canned food and we must move away from this and choose more fresh foods not us and our families,” Dr Sharma said.

“We in Fiji can eliminate NCDs however it will have to start with every individual – take ownership, take responsibility of your lives and those of your families.”


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