Waqainabete: Pacific in NCD crisis

Minister for Health and Medical Services during the Inauguration Event of the Designation of C-Pond as a WHO Collaborating Centre at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Friday, November 13, 2019. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Pacific Islands are in the grip of a non-communicable disease crisis.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Pacific Research Centre for the prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases (C-POND) at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said evidence suggested that life expectancy was beginning to decline as a direct result of NCDs in some countries in the region.

Dr Waqainabete said subsequent to the increasing visibility and recognition by regional and global authorities was the need for local collaborators in health to further increase their capacities in research and development to allow them to remain consistent and relevant to the ever changing global demand on health.

Read the full story in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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