The Ministry of Health and the Fijian government has spent $406 million annually on the treatment of NCDs and other related ailments over the years.
This was highlighted by His Excellency the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote while officiating as chief guest at the workshop for diabetes patients and care-givers at the Holiday Inn in Suva.
“The Ministry of Health statistics currently reveal that almost One in every Three Fijians are being diagnosed with diabetes which is equivalent to 30% of the population; And that about three lower limb amputations are conducted every day as a result of uncontrolled infection due to poorly controlled diabetes. This alarming rate raises serious concerns with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and to Government which has spent about $406 million annually on the treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases and related ailments in recent years.”
The Head of State said that he was pleased to note that the primary aim of the workshop was to assist diabetes patients and caregivers in providing a platform for participants to share experiences and provide support to each other.
He is also alarmed at global statistics provided that in every six seconds a person dies from diabetes.
“According to the International Diabetes Federation, worldwide, in every six seconds a person from within our global community would, sadly die from Diabetes. Such statistics from what I strongly believe is a scourge which is threatening the global community is both, most alarming indeed and so sad. This simply means that diabetes is now one of the many diseases that urgently require a global collective and concerted effort to address and combat because of its adverse and detrimental effects and impact on the future of humanity.”