11 Jun 2008

Samoa doctors want to raise awareness about prevention of lifestyle disease

1:56 pm on 11 June 2008

Lifestyle illnesses such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes are the biggest health concerns for the Samoa Medical Association.

Incoming president Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea told the association's annual general meeting that these diseases are lifestyle illnesses which can be prevented.

He said cardio-vascular problems, high blood pressure, and renal failure, present an economic burden for the country .

Leituala says the Samoa Medical Association wants to make health care more effective, affordable and accessible to all.

He says with more awareness and regular screening people would be able to recognise the symptoms of an illness and know how to seek help.