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As of late-June 2020, Tonga currently remains free from COVID-19 infections. As a result, restrictions on the gathering and movement of people due to COVID-19 risks, introduced in April 2020, have been reduced. However, once Tonga’s borders open to international travellers, the risk of COVID-19 transmission will increase. This means there is a very real possibility that those restrictions may have to be re-introduced, including community lockdowns, possibly for an extended period of time.
COVID-19 restrictions present some unique challenges for the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). TongaHealth, through this grant round, is seeking to support organisations to deliver projects to assist the Tongan community prepare for, and adapt to, the impacts COVID-19 restrictions may have on the risk factors for NCDs. This grant round is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Health impacts on people living with NCDS
Older people and people living with NCDs, such as: Diabetes, heart disease and lung conditions, are at significantly greater risk of developing more severe symptoms of COVID-19 and of dying from the disease. During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is very important that all people, especially those living with NCDs, their families and carers must follow government advice on hygiene and physical distancing and continue to live healthy lives, and to seek support and advice from their health practitioners during any COVID-19 related restrictions or lockdowns.
NCD risk factors of COVID-19 restrictions
Ongoing restrictions on the gathering and movement of people may impact on:
Food security through restricting the production, supply and access to fresh healthy food
The community becoming more reliant on unhealthy processed foods
Reduced access to physical activity, due to restrictions on sports, work and social gatherings
Increased consumption of alcohol, due to the stress and anxiety of long-term restrictions and lockdowns
Increased tobacco consumption, due the stress and anxiety of long-term restrictions and lockdowns
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