NCD awareness day tomorrow

Tuesday March 05, 2019 Written by Published in Health

Forty per cent of the Cook Island’s population was affected by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) last year.

 

Tomorrow morning the Ministry of Health (MOH) will conduct the 2019 NCD awareness programme at the Maire Nui Park (opposite Banana Court), in an effort to ensure and remind members of the public to be aware and mindful of this major health issue.

Secretary of Health, Dr Josephine Aumea Herman–Tepai is inviting members of the public to attend the themed, Let’s Tackle NCDs day that will start from 9am and go through to 1pm.

Health check, foot-care check, eye check, smoking cessation, dental check, agriculture vegetable stall, exercise and cooking demonstrations, and information from the Ministry of Education and MOH are just part of the activities that will take place.

NCDs are not passed from person to person, and are also known as chronic diseases.

The four main types are: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and generally have a slow progression. They represent the single largest cause of premature mortality in the Pacific Islands.

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