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Ministry screens

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

THE Ministry of Health is targeting people aged 30 and above with the aim to protect them from diabetes.

Suva and Samabula sub-divisional acting medical superintendent Dr Kaleli Buinimasi said they believed that people in this age group were prone to diabetes.

The Samabula Health Centre conducted a diabetes awareness day yesterday with about 100 people flocking to the event to be screened.

"We are screening those who are 30 years old and over and don't have diabetes. They are the people who are prone to have diabetes," Dr Buinimasi said.

She said they had provided screening, free check-ups, dietician advice and counselling.

She said people had to be advised now before it was too late for them to be treated.

With a 90 per cent literacy rate in Fiji compared to the rest of the world, she said there was no excuse for the complication of the daily management of diabetes.

"In Fiji, we just need a change in mind-set. We need to think right and then we will eat right, live right."

Dr Biunimasi said diabetes created an enormous burden on the patients, families, public health and financial growth.


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