Recently, nutritionists have claimed that poor diet has led to anemia in Fiji. Knowing the rising number of cases of anemia, the Fiji Nutrition Centre has launched National Nutrition Month. The Month is being celebrated under the theme Act Against Anaemia.
During a survey held in 2004, Ateca Kama, Senior Nutritionist said that one in two children and one in three women are affected with anemia. Although some improvement has been made, poor diet is still one of the main causes behind escalating cases of anemia.
Ateca Kama was reported saying, "We are not eating our traditional foods that we used to eat. And there's also a bit of eating the wrong kinds of foods". In 2014, another survey over anemia would be carried out.
It is estimated that about 60% of the kids below the age of five are suffering with anemia. The health authorities of Fiji are hopeful that with the launch of National Nutrition Month, people will be imparted with awareness about anemia.
At present, about four hundred thousand children are said to suffering wit anemia in Fiji. It is hoped that the steps taken by the authorities would help in reducing the number of anemia cases.
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