Relook at clinical strategies to treat diabetes: Dr Tukana

National Adviser for Non-Communicable Diseases in Fiji Dr Isimeli Tukana. Picture: FT FILE

“IF Fijians with diabetes coming to us trusting that we can heal them, we must heal them.”

These were the words of National Adviser for Non-Communicable Diseases in Fiji Dr Isimeli Tukana in an interview with this newspaper saying health professionals must re-look at their clinical strategies.

“We really need to improve how we are going to treat these patients because all these patients are coming to us for us to heal them. And if the statistics are such, then there is something wrong somewhere,” Dr Tukana said.

He said something must be done in order to fully treat patients living with diabetes.

“There must be something we need to do. Is the medicine right? Is the medicine quality right? Should we change the medicine, there are some diabetes medicines that are not in Fiji right now, should we import the new ones?”

Dr Tukana said one of the reasons he believed present methods were not as successful because there was a need for more knowledge and communication.

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