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Amputation worry

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE Health Ministry is concerned over the increase in number of people being amputated because of non-communicable diseases.

Health Minister Rosy Akbar said a total of 669 amputations were recorded by the ministry's Health and Information Unit in 2015 and this increased to 791 in 2016.

Ms Akbar said the increase in NCD cases had become a great burden to the nation.

"On top is diabetes and its complications, which is a major cause of death and disability in Fiji," she said in Nadi last week.

"One of Fiji's key challenges is that many cases go undiagnosed, resulting in many people accessing healthcare services at a later stage when conditions get complicated and expensive to manage.

"The statistics further show that the amputation rates mounted from 12.1 to 12.6 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

"These statistics convey the alarming consequences of diabetes among our population."

She said tackling NCDs did not mean building more hospitals and bringing more medicines.

"NCDs can truly be tackled through a collaborative effort, particularly when people start taking their health seriously. To defeat NCDs, one has to be committed in making healthy choices on a daily basis.

"It means eating healthy, eating the right food, the right amount and exercising daily.

"Doctors can only advise you on what needs to be done, but when it comes to making the changes to prevent NCDs, it's about the choices you and I make.

"I appeal to individuals and families to start the new year right and make that change today for yourself and for those you care."

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