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Fijians lose two lower limbs per day

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said lower limb amputations occur every 12 hours which means Fijians are losing two lower limbs per day.  President Konrote said this during the Diabetes Foot-Care Symposium at the Southern Cross hotel in Suva. KONROTE: “I am advised that one in three adults in Fiji have diabetes. I am also advised that […]

Salote Qalubau

June 19, 2016 9:15 am

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said lower limb amputations occur every 12 hours which means Fijians are losing two lower limbs per day. 

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote speaking at the first-ever Footcare Symposium by Diabetes Fiji and Wellness Unit of Ministry of Health and Medical Services. (Fijian Government)
His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote speaking at the first-ever Footcare Symposium by Diabetes Fiji and Wellness Unit of Ministry of Health and Medical Services. (Fijian Government)

President Konrote said this during the Diabetes Foot-Care Symposium at the Southern Cross hotel in Suva.

KONROTE: “I am advised that one in three adults in Fiji have diabetes. I am also advised that a lower limb amputation occur every 12 hours. Fijians are losing two lower limbs per day.”

Mr Konrote said there needed to be a  shift in  the spectrum of thinking from curative to preventative as this   would boost efforts to combat diabetes and premature deaths.

 KONROTE: “I am very alarmed to know, that the diabetes trend in Fiji is projected to continue increasing, driven by rising obesity causing premature deaths and life expectancy of less than 70 years. Diabetes is caused by four main lifestyle factors: Smoking, poor Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Inactivity. The acronym is SNAP.  Additionally, poor diabetes control causes complications, which our health experts have termed as SNAKE (Skin, Nerves, Arteries, Kidneys and Eyes). “

He said at present the three leading causes of disability and deaths in Fiji are ischemic heart diseases, diabetes, and stroke.

KONROTE: “The main strategy of the Fijian Government through the Ministry for Health and Medical Services is to control SNAP to prevent SNAKE. For this to happen, all Fijians must choose a healthy lifestyle. We need to eat healthy and balanced diets. We need to be physically active by doing regular exercises on a daily basis. We need to quit smoking and reduce our consumption of kava and alcohol.”

The President added that adequate sleep was crucial when choosing a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of contracting NCDs.

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