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Limb Amputation Every 12.5 Hours: Usamate On Study

Limb Amputation Every 12.5 Hours: Usamate On Study
August 30
10:17 2015

The research on the risk for lower limb amputation amongst diabetics was launched at the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji headquarters in Tuvu, Lautoka yesterday.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate officially launched this study and took part in the first check-up.

“Diabetes is the one non- communicable disease that has created a lot of inequities especially with the way health resources are utilised in Fiji,” he said.

Mr Usamate said the lower limb infections and amputations was a major contributing factor to the high cost of health care today which created more burdens on families, communities and the nation.

“The lower limb amputation rate of one in every 12.5 hours is a statistic we are not proud to speak about.

That rate equates to more than 700 amputations in a year.

“This is a challenge that needs the collaboration of anyone who cares about the wellbeing of a fellow Fijian.”

Mr Usamate has recommended for a more integrated health care approaches covering all primary care, secondary care and tertiary care.

“Before we embark on the quest to eliminate or significantly reduce this embarrassing and outrageous statistic.

“We must be able to know where we are and how we are going to continuously measure ourselves to the targets we have set out to meet.”

He said the research was fundamental at all healthcare stages.

“The initiative taken by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) to be the lead in this specialised work has to be commended.

“My ministry is ready to fully utilise and provide the necessary support to this partnership to ensure that all diabetics in this country will one way or another benefit from its outcomes.”

He said the greatest challenge in life was to make decisions based on life choices.

“FRIEND Fiji has taken the initiative to do something about the NCD crisis. This research will also provide with us a window to see once each diabetic is assessed what interventions prolong the quality of life.”

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