“Throughout my tenure as President of Fiji, combatting non-communicable diseases has been a personal passion of mine.”

As he opened the conference of the South Pacific Society of Lifestyle Medicine in Pacific Harbour today, His Excellency, the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote relayed his personal commitment to tackling NCDs.

“When it comes to the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) epidemic, we in the Pacific share many of the same problems, the same social and cultural roots of obesity, the same dietary dilemmas, and the same geographic disparity,” President Konrote said.

He adds that “we can play our part by focusing our attention on prevention and becoming advocates for healthy behaviour”.

The three day conference is being attended by health professionals from the Pacific and multilateral organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pacific Community- SPC.

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