FIJI'S Health Ministry has launched a new Diabetes Management Guideline aimed at providing standardised treatment to people living with the non-communicable disease.
The guideline — in the form of a book — was launched by Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital auditorium on Wednesday.
Dr Sharma said early detection and prevention of diabetes was the main focus of the ministry.
While launching the guideline for health professionals, the minister said they also looked forward to a One Stop Diabetic Shop, a diabetic hub which would materialise very shortly.
He said through the guideline, they would be able to standardise the level of care provided to diabetes patients.
"We have a high incidence of diabetes and it is responsible for a lot of premature deaths in the community leaving widows, children and people are moving into poverty as a consequence of the costs of managing diabetes," Dr Sharma said.
The National Adviser for non-communicable disease Dr Isimeli Tukana said 16 per cent (51,200 people) of Fiji's population above the age of 25 years had diabetes.