Ak­bar to public: Join Di­a­betes fight

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The Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Rosy Ak­bar, is call­ing on Fi­jians to stand united against di­a­betes. To help tackle the prob­lem, she be­lieves that en­gag­ing with faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions will help boost their cam­paign. Ms Ak­bar be­lieves these groups will play a key role be­cause they have a lot to of­fer in terms of pro­mot­ing and chang­ing life­styles and be­hav­iour of mem­bers of their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Most of our life­styles in Fiji are in­flu­enced by our re­li­gious be­liefs. There­fore the Ministry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices be­lieves that FBOs are an im­por­tant stake­holder in pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles to re­duce di­a­betes in Fiji,” she said yes­ter­day dur­ing the World Di­a­betes Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Suva fore­shore. The coun­try’s youngest pa­tient is a 12-year-old, Ms Ak­bar re­vealed. “Our hope is that Di­a­betes can be pre­vented, de­tected early, and treated early to avoid and con­trol com­pli­ca­tions. For this we need ev­ery­one on board! Ministry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices can­not do this alone!” she said.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion, mul­ti­sec­toral ac­tion, com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion em­pow­er­ment mo­bil­i­sa­tion are key words for our fight against di­a­betes and all NCDs.”

The min­is­ter said di­a­betes con­tin­ued to be a ma­jor cause of ill­ness, dis­abil­i­ties and pre­ma­ture deaths in Fi­jians to­day. “We have found that chil­dren get­ting di­a­betes and the com­pli­ca­tions of di­a­betes are get­ting younger and younger,” she said. “Di­a­betes as in other NCDs is about life­style choices, and a life­style choice is non­med­i­cal.

“Di­a­betes is said to be a med­i­cal con­se­quence of life­style, there­fore if we work to­gether to pro­mote healthy life­styles choices then we can help a lot in the fight against di­a­betes.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

Our hope is that Di­a­betes can be pre­vented, de­tected early, and treated early to avoid and con­trol com­pli­ca­tions. For this we need ev­ery­one on board! Rosy Ak­bar Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices

Photo: Shahani Mala

Par­tic­i­pants at the World Di­a­betes Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Suva fore­shore yes­ter­day.

Photo: Shahani Mala

Par­tic­i­pants at the World di­a­betes Day cel­e­bra­tions in Suva, yes­ter­day.

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