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Blood Drive points to and confirms deeper issues

Two of the major clothing manufacturers in Fiji, Mark One Apparel and Lyndhurst Limited recently held blood donation drives in their factories to support Fiji’s call for greater reserves. The response of the workers was indeed magnanimous as a high percentage of the workers offered to donate… however their goodwill gesture unveiled a deeper and more serious problem.

At Mark One, of the 200 workers screened, only 45 were deemed healthy enough to give blood. That is a remarkably low percentage but sadly this falls in line with some recently published Fiji health statistics.

Fiji Village reported on 7th October

Only 16% live to 50 years

“Following the recent health symposium, the Health ministry is addressing lifestyle disease mortality rates through prevention strategies and increasing awareness at community levels.

This is after revelations that only 16 per cent of the country’s population live to 50 years of age while only 8 percent live beyond 60 years of age and that diabetes affects 18 per cent of both major ethnic populations in the country.

Those are some frightening statistics!

The health checks conducted at Mark One and Lyndhurst identified a wide range of problems including high blood pressure and this only served to confirm the already documented poor health standard amongst many Fijians. While the TCF Council of Fiji takes pride in its ethical treatment of our working staff, we still recognize that an even bigger picture includes a strengthened alliance with the government’s health ministry to educate people on proper diet.

We’re all for it… we get to perform some genuine goodwill along with the added bonus that a healthier worker is one factor in helping to foster happier workers and happier workers are more likely to be productive workers… a classic win/win.

And let’s not forget, here’s a shout out to Mark One and Lyndhurst for assisting with Fiji’s blood drive. Cheers to them.

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Posted on: November 1 at 7:32 pm

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