Vunivau commuinity mark World Diabetes Day

Vunivau residents mark World Diabetes Day. Picture: SUPPLIED

COMMUNITIES in Labasa marked World Diabetes Day and were reminded of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent the disease.

The event which took place at Vunivau yesterday included about 100 people from surrounding communities.

Marawa Kini, Diabetes Fiji Community Program co-ordinator, said this year’s activities focused on promoting three key messages.

“These include all women with diabetes require affordable and equitable access to care and education to better manage their diabetes and improve their health outcomes,” he said.

“Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.

“Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes.”

Mr Kini said hundreds of campaigns, activities, screenings, lectures and meetings had been done in communities and World Diabetes Day had proved to be an internationally effective campaign for raising awareness on diabetes and related issues.

“It is a day of reflection for diabetics and non-diabetics, it is a day to reflect on the past achievements and failures and to focus on the future directions,” he said.

“This is also a day to say ‘thanks’ to the forward-thinking individuals and institutions who have tirelessly worked to improve the welfare of diabetics in whatever manner that they could.

“This is also a day to assess our milestones, both as individuals and as a nation.”

Mr Kini said Fiji recorded the highest rate of amputations in the Western Pacific region.

“In the last 25 years, the prevalence has increased fourfold and it is a major cause of death and disability in Fiji.”

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