By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV, Port Moresby
Noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are increasingly affecting young people in Papua New Guinea, revealed Deputy Director of the Sir Buri Heart Institute, Dr Jack Amana. The increase in lifestyle diseases coupled with inadequate health awareness makes for a worrying combination.
When considering the rising rate of lifestyle diseases among young people, Dr Amana said, people need to be conscious of what they eat and how they live in today’s modern society.
Having a large populace of ailing youth is an unpleasant prospect for PNG. Dr Amana said, the overeating of unhealthy food with high cholesterol combined with a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are major contributing factors to the increase in noncommunicable diseases.
Dr Amana encourages Papua New Guineans to eat more local food, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, white meat like fish, and to cut back on the use of coconut cream and salt in their cooking.
He added that more health awareness was needed among the youth population, and that this should begin with children in primary schools.