THIRTY per cent of Fiji's population or 102,000 people above the age of 25 suffer from diabetes.
As Fiji's biggest killer, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) chew about $96million of government finances annually.
"Our budget is sitting at about $120million and 80 per cent is towards NCDs, complications and everything to do with NCD," the ministry's NCDs adviser Dr Isimeli Tukana revealed.
Dr Tukana said their latest survey conducted in 2011 with the WHO revealed that the contributing factor towards NCDs was the change in lifestyle.
"That's where the difficulty is," he said.
"If we don't change our lifestyle, particularly our children, and the way they eat and the way they live, we won't be able to solve the problem. We have to protect our children."
Dr Tukana also revealed that diabetes led to about 400 amputations per year.
"It's a crisis. And it looks like we are relaxing with these kinds of crises," he said.
Dr Tukana encouraged members of the public to visit their nearest health centre or nursing station to get tested.
"â€¦If you don't know your diabetes status, visit your nearest health centre or nursing station because you can be living normal but you don't know you have sugar," he said.
"I am encouraging people to go to the nursing station or health centre and don't wait until you get sick. I want you to go now if you are 30 years and over and get checked."