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Increase in diabetes, hypertension

Nasik Swami
Saturday, November 17, 2012

REPORTED cases of diabetes and hypertension have increased in Nasinu.

The Valelevu and Makoi health centres, which cater for about 120,000 people in the area, have been inundated with people presenting themselves with the two non-communicable diseases.

Makoi Health Centre's sister-in-charge Mere Momoka said the two health centres in Nasinu received about 20 new cases of diabetes and hypertension on a daily basis.

"Apart from regular check-up, in Makoi alone we treat about 10 cases daily," Mrs Momoka said.

She said the vulnerable age group affected by the disease were normally people above the age of 25.

Mrs Momoka said the lifestyle and attitude of people towards their health resulted in the increasing number of cases. "A large number of people are working in Nasinu, working parents who normally come home, don't cook food and opt for fast foods," she said.