Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday received a courtesy call from the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Her Excellency Padmaja, during which discussions centred around strengthening the Fiji-India bilateral relationship and efforts to encourage healthier lifestyle choices among the Fijian people.
Bainimarama congratulated the High Commissioner on the success of the International Day of Yoga organised by the Indian High Commission in Suva.
Given the high prevalence of NCD’s in Fiji, Bainimarama expressed Fiji’s interest in encouraging the practice of yoga in Fiji, especially among school students.
“Every Fijian knows someone who is affected by NCDs or has lost someone they love to one of these deadly diseases, for all of us, this is a personal issue and we all need to commit to building a healthier Fijian society by encouraging healthier living among our people.”
Physical exercise is one critical pro-active strategy to prevent a further rise in NCDs, and I believe that yoga, as well as other forms of exercise, should be practised more widely throughout the country, including in our schools. And – as the birthplace of the practice of yoga itself — India has a lot to share with Fiji in encouraging more Fijians to practise this physical discipline,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.
The Prime Minister also put forth a proposal for the High Commission to work closely with the Ministry of Education to update the notes on yoga exercises which have been circulated to schools by the ministry since 2016.