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Ministry Records 791 Amputations In 2016

Ministry Records 791 Amputations In 2016
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Conor (with garland) and participants of the second Diabetes Foot Care Symposium at Suva’s Holiday Inn on July 2, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
July 03
14:47 2018

Statistics reveal that 791 amputations were recorded by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in 2016.

The year before that, 2015, 669 amputations were recorded.

The statistics show that the amputation rate has increased from 12.1 per cent in 2015 to 12.6 per cent in 2016.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Conor said the inspection of the feet of every person living with diabetes and offering the correct advice should be a priority for our communities to avoid unnecessary amputations.

During the opening of the National Diabetes Footcare Symposium at Holiday Inn, Suva, yesterday he said Government could not do this alone and it needed help to address the deadly disease and change of lifestyle habits.

“The Fijian Government has seen the importance of having nursing specialisation with the newly established position of footcare around the nation,” Mr O’Conor said.

“This is to ensure the programme is sustained and it also allows more accessibility to Fijians.

He said one of the many Government strategies to reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases was to increase the taxation of sugar sweetened beverages, alcohol, tobacco and reducing taxation on glucose testing machines.

“We all know diabetes, in itself, is a major NCD, which accounts for the second highest rate of NCD-related deaths in Fiji,” Mr O’Conor said.

“Apart from the impact of amputation to physical wellbeing of a person there are other psychosocial impacts such as depression and a drop in the quality of life.”

He said it was a clear indication that we needed to put our heads together and bring about positive changes.

“That calls for proactive measures to be taken by those people living with diabetes,” Mr O’Conor said.

They will have to take ownership of their health by being actively involved in choosing a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis and to manage their health.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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