ANZ today announced its support of Diabetes Fiji, to help raise awareness and improve early detection of the leading non-communicable disease in Fiji.

Diabetes also places individuals at a greater risk of becoming severely ill from Covid19, due to their compromised immune system.

ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam, said: “While in many countries, diabetes is detected early and can be managed through diet, exercise and medication, in Fiji, the disease is often not caught until the very late stages.

“Diabetes Fiji is at the forefront of helping Fijians better understand key risk factors to their health, help them make better lifestyle choices and improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

ANZ Head of Talent and Culture, Tracey Tuimaleali’ifano, said: “Sadly, we know that diabetes is very common in Fiji and the number of people with diabetes is growing.

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1, and it is also more easily avoided if the correct healthy lifestyle is adopted.”

Chairman Diabetes Fiji, M Taabish Akbar, said: “We appreciate the generous support from ANZ. I hope that it will encourage other corporates to contribute to an issue that has been affecting Fijians for many years.”

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