Palau needs NCD prevention, not just off-island referrals

By Bernadette Carreon

Palau’s looming non communicable disease burden needs to be treated with the same urgency and priority as environmental issues says a local senator, before the NCD problem becomes insurmountable.

When Palauan stores ran out of fresh produce recently it raised questions in some quarters about food security and the continued reliance on imports, but also Palauan health prospects more broadly.

Palau has largely escaped the coronavirus pandemic, with just eight cases reported in total, and very high vaccination rates.

However it is struggling under the burden of high NCD rates, with these diseases remaining . . .

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