Akbar: Rise in diabetic cases reflected in high medication bill

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

THE rise in diabetic cases in Fiji is reflected through the purchase of the diabetic medication, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar.

She said the ministry now spends more than $1 million per year for the purchase of diabetic medicines.

“An example, a common diabetic medicine, Glipizide Tablet 5mg has increased from 7,800,000 tablets in 2015 to 12,000,000 tablets in 2018 as an estimated consumption rate,” Ms Akbar said.

“Another example is Insulin Biphasic or Insulin Mixtard whereby its annual consumption demand has increased from 30,000 in 2015 to 50,000 in 2018.”

About 15 per cent of Fiji’s adult population have diabetes and another 15 per cent have impaired fasting glucose – these are people who have high blood sugar and are at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Fiji’s youngest diabetes patient is an eleven-year-old.

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