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Pacific countries face health challenges

August 28, 2012 1:00 am

The Pacific Island countries are struggling to conquer the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases.

Dean of the FNU College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Professor Ian Rouse says health experts continue to face challenges in the health sector mainly in the pacific island countries.

“In the pacific we are challenged with the dual burden because on the one hand, we got to try and understand and solve the old foes like malaria, dengue, typhoid, tuberculosis but in addition we have some new diseases like the heart diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes.”

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With efforts to reduce NCD’s – the 2012 primary health care training program for the pacific island countries was launched today.

The participants from the 12 Pacific Island Countries will now be engaged in a five week discussion on the challenges faced in the health sector.

They will then look for solutions on how to overcome such problems.

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