DIABETICS need to take ownership of their condition so they can live longer and healthier.
Diabetes Fiji chairman Dr Wahid Khan said this at the primary health care practitioners training on diabetes management in Suva last week.
Dr Khan said they had begun a trial in three areas called Community Peer Groups where diabetics in the same areas were grouped and conduct tests such as blood tests on themselves.
"We give them medical equipment free of charge so they can test themselves. They take ownership of the diabetes," he said.
He said initial results were fantastic with one of the three groups taking the initiative to hold walks every morning.
"The message we want to put out is that diabetes belongs to you, not the doctor or the Ministry of Health.
"We are trying to tell the patients to look after themselves so you can live longer and have a much healthier life."
He said they had found that diabetics were too shy to come forward and tell people about their condition.
"Diabetes does not belong to anybody else but to the patient, but the community can help."