The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar today encouraged women to pay more attention to their health.

Assistant Minister Bhatnagar was addressing women and other invited guests at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Soroptomist International Sigatoka.

“Each and every girl and woman must ensure that everyone in the family is screened for NCD. This means eye check, dental check, sugar, pressure and cholesterol checks, cancer check, “said Mrs Bhatnagar.

“A check a year is essential for the prevention and control of NCD. This health seeking behaviour needs to be emphasized so that Fijians don’t wait until they are sick before they come to us. We want to check Fijians while you are well”.

The Health Ministry has noted that not all Fijians smoke, drink alcohol or exercise. However all Fijians do eat irrespective of age, colour, gender, religion or economic status, hence eating and drinking is the main risk factor that needs to be controlled.

Mrs Bhatnagar added, “Let’s all commit ourselves to lead and live a healthy life.  The Ministry of Health is involved in a high level program of action, awareness and advocacy. We continue to intensify our campaign to promote healthy lifestyles within our communities”.

Meanwhile, the Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services also launched the Soroptimist International Sigatoka 20th Anniversary magazine.

The Soroptimist International Sigatoka has worked on various health related projects.

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