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Launching of National NCD advocacy campaign and celebrating world diabetes day on November 22nd, 2019

Launching of National NCD advocacy campaign and celebrating world diabetes day on November 22nd, 2019
Launching of National NCD advocacy campaign and celebrating world diabetes day on November 22nd, 2019
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The Ministry of Health, its partners and stakeholders are organizing a one-day event to raise awareness on Launcing of National NCD advocacy campaign, the official unveiling of NCD billboards, which are going to be erected in towns of Port Vila.
Also, including Vanuatu celebrating or observing this annual event on the World Diabetes Day with the theme ‘Family and Diabetes. Diabetes: protect your family’ on 22 November 2019 at the Sea Front Stage.
Diabetes concerns every family. It is growing in our society and recognized to become a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. Simple actions at work place, schools and at home can reduce the risk.
NCD kills 75% of Vanuatu people today. Leading cause of dead for most NCD cases today are due to heart attack, diabetes, asthma and different cancers. Therefore, families must take extra precautions to protect their health.
Stop tobacco, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and less process food containing a lot of sugar, salt and fats and do moderate exercise every day.
The main goal of this advocacy campaign is to reduce rate of lower limb amputations in Vanuatu, following three main objectives:
(1) To conduct mass screening for NCDs, raise effective primary prevention awareness on diet, exercise, foot care, alcohol and tobacco starting with Shea Province, and late replicate to other provinces based on lessons learned.
(2) To institute effective primary & secondary NCD prevention in dispensaries, health centres and hospitals and
(3) To institute effective tertiary prevention in hospitals.
The NCD campaign will commence with a parade at Chantilly’s from 8.30 to Sea Front Stage where the program will end at 1 pm.
Free NCD screening will be available including display of each public health service. Photo: DP

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