Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has grown to epidemic proportion globally to become only the second health issue, apart from HIV/AIDS, to get into United Nations agenda in September 2011.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete highlighted this while closing a seminar in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on “Sharing Project Experiences of Wellness System in Fiji” in Suva today.

“While as a nation we’re having our fair share of the NCDs crisis, a lot has also been done through the assistance of our partners to contain the problem,” Minister Waqainabete said.

“Global NCDs mortality data continue to increase and in 2016 alone, out of the estimated 56.9 million (71 per cent) people who died, 40.5 million of those deaths were from NCDs alone,” he added.

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