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Diabetes Rate Up 30 Per Cent In 2011: Ministry

Medical officers in the country are urged to practice what they preach. The call came from the Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, who revealed that the rate
03 Oct 2016 10:58
Diabetes Rate Up 30 Per Cent  In 2011: Ministry

Medical officers in the country are urged to practice what they preach.

The call came from the Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, who revealed that the rate of diabetes in Fiji has increased from 10 per cent in 1980, to 30 per cent in 2011.

When addressing more than 40 attendents of the Primary Health Care Practitioners Training on diabetes management in Savusavu last Friday, Dr Koroivueta said diabetes was one of the top killer diseases in the world.

“415 million people in the world have diabetes Mellitus that translates into one in every 11 adults,” Dr Koroivueta said.

The International Diabetes Foundation has revealed that a person dies from diabetes related complication after every six seconds in the world.

He said in the Western Pacific region, 153 million people have diabetes and this figure is projected to rise to 215 million by 2040.

“In Fiji, the complications of diabetes have increased and the amputation rate is one in every eight hours,” Dr Koroivueta said.

He believes our medical officers play a vital role in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes.

“46.5 per cent of the adults are unaware of their status, which is equivalent to one in every two adults and 542,000 children have type one diabetes,” he said.

“The statistics articulated above is a clear indication that there is a need for an alternative measure to contain this avalanche.

“That is why the two days training is important to ensure that we maintain and keep our focus to improving our service delivery.”

He said the onus was on the health officials to share the knowledge they learned from the training to the public, especially patients.

“The service goal is preventing amputation, early detection of abnormalities, education and empowering people living with diabetes to take a more proactive approach to health and wellness,” Dr Koroivueta said.

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