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Diabetes and amputations cases on the rise

There is one amputation in every eight hours for people living with diabetes and the need to address the issue of rising diabetes in the country is critical. Health minister, Jone Usamate said a collaborative effort between health care providers and those affected by the lifestyle disease would ensure a difference a more holistic approach towards […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 9, 2016 7:30 am

There is one amputation in every eight hours for people living with diabetes and the need to address the issue of rising diabetes in the country is critical.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate at the opening of the Ra Foot Clinic. (Fijian Government)
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate at the opening of the Ra Foot Clinic. (Fijian Government)

Health minister, Jone Usamate said a collaborative effort between health care providers and those affected by the lifestyle disease would ensure a difference a more holistic approach towards better health care.

According to the minister, diabetes cases have risen to 30 percent in 2011 compared to 10 percent in 198o.

He said statistics also showed an increase of one percent every year of those living with diabetes.

USAMATE: “We must ensure that with appropriate actions and advice, people living or at risk of diabetes can still have a healthy and fulfilling life.”

Minister Usamate encouraged for the use of more efficient resources available to the country to avoid amputation at all costs.

He said the current rate of amputation was worrying.

USAMATE: “This is a clear indication that there is a need for an alternative measure to contain this avalanche. It is also necessary for people living with diabetes to take ownership and be actively involved in the management of their health.”

A four-year project with other stakeholders embarks on a holistic approach towards diabetes with special focus on foot care.

Mr Usamate said the new foot clinic in Ra has been established to strengthen foot care services in the country.

USAMATE: “Regular screening to identify high risk cases, appropriate action to address their needs, inspection of the feet of every person living with diabetes and offering the correct advice should be a priority activity to our community to avoid unnecessary amputations.”

The health minister opened the new foot clinic in Rakiraki on Wednesday last week.

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