GIS - 19 October, 2018: A Health and Wellness Screening and Awareness session aiming to sensitise citizens on leading a physically fit lifestyle was held yesterday at the Trèfles Community Centre in Rose Hill in presence of the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands and Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, the Honorary President of Mauritius Diabetes Association (MDA), Lady Ursule Ramdanee, and other personalities.
The event comprised health screening, free diabetes testing, foot care demonstrations; and yoga session.
In her address, Vice-Prime Minister Jeewa-Daureeawoo, underlined that Government is making provision of quality health care services for the welfare of all citizens of the country. She emphasised that with the high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and cancer, various programmes are being put in place to create awareness among the population against the risk-related factors, complications and prevention measures of NCDs.
On that score, she urged the residents of Trèfles to benefit from the facilities that are being put at their disposal and to encourage their family members and people of their locality to adopt a healthy lifestyle by doing physical exercises. The Vice-Prime Minister further pointed out that women, as pillars of the family, are called upon to play a key role by inculcating in their children the importance of good eating habits while adding that people of all age groups should take precautionary measures for a healthier and a longer life.
For her part, Lady Ursule Ramdanee, highlighted that the MDA as a member of the International Diabetes Federation since 1982, has as objectives to educate the population on diabetes and its prevention. She dwelt on the health problems associated to diabetes while underlying that every 10 seconds, one person dies due to diabetes-related complications. Obesity, she said, is one of the key causes of diabetes and people should be continuously sensitised on the ways of leading a healthy lifestyle.
On that occasion, the President of the MDA, Dr Veenoo Basant Rai, conducted a counselling session to advise the residents on the ways to have a proper balanced meal with more fruits and vegetables, more consumption of water daily and avoidance of sugar sweetened beverages.
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