Diabetes death, biggest mortality contributor in Fiji: Akbar

Diabetes Fiji chairperson Taabish Akbar and CWM hospital surgeon Dr Eddie McCaig at the press conference. Picture: ATU RASEA/FILE

ALMOST 1700 people die from diabetes annually in Fiji.

This was revealed by Diabetes Fiji chairperson Taabish Akbar while responding to the latest World Health Rankings rating Fiji as the country with the most number of deaths relating to diabetes mellitus.

Mr Akbar said this was the single biggest contributor to the mortality rate in the country.

“Our life expectancy is listed as 69.9 years for the average person. This doesn’t compare favourably to our neighbours; Vanuatu – 72 years, Tonga – 73.5 years, Samoa – 74 years, and New Zealand 81.6 years,” he said.

He said a lot of those deaths were not at advanced ages but they had recorded diabetes-related deaths occurring in the 20s and 30s as well.


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