Usamate: Diabetes is number two killer

DIABETES has been ranked as the number two killer in the country.

This was confirmed by the Health and medical Services Minister Jone Usamate yesterday.

According to Mr Usamate, the increase in diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cases in the country were of great concern to his ministry.

Mr Usamate said the number of diabetes cases in the country increased every year.

He said more work was needed to be done to address the issue.

“Although we are faced with unprecedented problem of enormous proportions with diabetes and other NCDs reaching epidemic levels, we should now move away from the problem-focused mind-set towards solutions orientation,” he said.

Mr Usamate said the ministry hoped to establish a comprehensive list of all organisations in Fiji that would be involved in diabetes and NCDs and create active liaisons among these organisations to foster resource sharing.

“We need novel ideas to tackle our issues, but we must carry this out in an orderly manner,” he said.

Mr Usamate reminded participants at the Diabetes Wellness Congress that their ideas and opinions would help the ministry in tackling NCDs.

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