More than 5000 Fijians have been successfully treated for diabetic retinopathy also known as diabetic eye disease, under the Diabetic Retinopathy program.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete officiate at the conclusion of the Five Year Diabetic Retinopathy Program yesterday evening.

Diabetic Retinopathy is listed by the World Health Organization as a priority eye disease and it is estimated that annually, it contributes to 2.6 per cent of blindness in the world.

The program has brought affordable and quality eye care to the people in Fiji who were at the risk of diabetic retinopathy and trachoma.

The program is funded by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust through Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand in Fiji and was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health for five years.

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