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More Specialists Needed To Control Diabetes Complications: Dr Tappoo

More Specialists Needed To  Control Diabetes  Complications: Dr Tappoo
From left: Tappoo Group’s executive director, Kamlesh Tappoo, Sai Prema Foundation Fiji medical co-ordinator Dr Krupali Tappoo, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr Archana Keshavamurthy, Dhruv Satish, consultant Endocrinologist Dr Satish Babu and Kishore Rathod at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Health Centre in Nasese on May 4, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini
May 10
10:00 2018



With many Fijians having been diagnosed with diabetes, there is a need to have specialists such as Endocrinologists to help control diabetes complications.

These were the words of Sai Prema Foundation Fiji medical co-ordinator Dr Krupali Tappoo, who said that one in three people had diabetes in the country.

Dr Tappoo said in light of this it brought over two specialists to speak to medical practitioners to help them get a glimpse of why the specialists were needed to treat the complications of the illness.

Endocrinologists can help you manage your diabetes by prescribing insulin and/or medications, offering diet plans and helping you to keep a close watch on your blood glucose levels (Source:

Also, diabetic patients need Dermatologists because when blood glucose levels are high, the body produces extra urine to rid itself of excess blood glucose. This results in dehydration, which causes dry skin.

Having diabetes also increases your risk of developing skin infections, especially if your glucose levels are often above normal which is where dermatologists come in (Source:

The two specialists from Bangalore in India Dr Satish Babu and his wife, Dr Archana Keshavamurthy, shared their experience for five days.

Dr Babu is an Endocrinology specialist who was based at the CWM Hospital for five days.

He said diabetes was common worldwide but in Fiji there were more cases.

“This is because the lifestyle is changing and they need specialist care and related medical treatment options which are not available,” Dr Babu said.

He added that more specialists such as nephrologists and ophthalmologists are also needed. Foot care services and cardiology services should also be available.

“There is room for improvement and getting speciality care so that complications of diabetes are addressed,” he said.

Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr Keshavamurthy was based at the skin hospital clinic at PJ Twomey Hospital in Tamavua.

She said after coming here she noticed that because the humidity level was high, fungal disease was most common in people.

“All of the skin disease can be treated and doctors in Fiji are doing well,” she said.

“But a little bit of specialist care and education on that particular condition is important so that people are aware as to why it is that they have this condition and get the outcome or prognosis of it.”

The consultants returned to India last Saturday.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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