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More actions needed to tackle NCDs in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 19/07/2019

Health Director Dr Siale ‘Akauola urged the public to be more cautious on their daily lifestyle and diets as the victims of Non-Communicable Diseases -NCDs is on the rise in Tonga claiming many lives.

A one-day workshop was held yesterday with the related stakeholders drafting the National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2015-2020 and to continue to 2025.

Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola says one of the challenges identified on drafting of the pathway for 2015-2020 is the lack of communication and cooperation with the people in the rural areas and most of the youth members are not interested in their awareness program.

Health Director adds, they have set new priorities, ensuring youth and the communities engage in their health awareness program specifically on ways to prevent NCDs in Tonga.

It also includes consuming the right amount of food, having healthier and active lifestyle, and quit smoking and alcohol.

“Tonga is not the only country that faces such problem of NCDs, however we need to look for ways to address them as it is a global issue”, Dr Siale ‘Akauola says.

As the discussions continued, related stakeholders are planning to include mental health in the new pathway from 2020-2025 as it links to NCDs.

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