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  A diabetic person is urging members of the public to look after their health. Diwan Chand, 72, has been a diabetes patient for the last 15 years but is
07 May 2016 09:46
Look After  Your Health
From left: diabetes patient Diwan Chand, national advisor for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Dr Isimeli Tukana and Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

 

A diabetic person is urging members of the public to look after their health.

Diwan Chand, 72, has been a diabetes patient for the last 15 years but is enjoying his life like any normal person.

“Diabetes is the Number One killer in this country and it is a bad lifestyle disease in the country,” he said.

Mr Chand said those words during the World Health Day Celebration in Suva yesterday.

The theme for this year’s diabetic’s celebration is World Health Day – Beat Diabetes.

“My lifestyle changed after I was informed by the doctors I have diabetes.

“I was a sportsperson and always played soccer and table tennis,” he said.

Mr Chand said through peer pressure he followed his friend’s footsteps and always drank alcohol and ate junk food.

“I am now paying a heavy price, but I have lived my life.

“At first when doctors informed me that I have diabetes, I was really concerned.

“I thought the machine was wrong and I kept on asking the doctors if I really have diabetes,” he said.

Mr Chand is a former secondary school teacher and parliamentarian. He is now advocating on public health to fight against diabetes.

“I do my own research on diabetes and ate vegetables and did exercise to control my diabetes.

“I would like to advise people to eat healthy and fresh food and do a lot of exercise. Do not smoke and drink,” he said.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate has also urged members of the public to look after their health.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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