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Diabetic screening by 30

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

THE Ministry of Health is working towards screening all citizens for diabetes before they reach the age of 30.

Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma said the diabetic hubs running in Lautoka, Suva, Labasa and to be installed in other hospitals soon would carry out full assessment and screening for the disease.

Dr Sharma said plans were also underway to set aside two days in a week for people to visit the hubs free for full diagnosis.

"The move is in line with the ministry's bid to reduce and control diabetes," he said.

"The ministry cannot fight diabetes alone, it needs the input of the family unit, community and the whole of society to work together in ensuring that we control this disease.

"If we get together, we can make a difference."

Dr Sharma said families would continue to lose loved ones through premature deaths if the problem was approached without a joint effort.

"If we can control this disease, then we can prevent having childless parents, widows and orphans in our society," he said.

According to statistics released last year by the ministry, the north alone recorded 2075 cases.


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