Figures released in 2020 by the International Diabetes Federation show that 15.1 percent of Fijian adults have diabetes, but there are concerns that many more are undiagnosed. This according to a statement from Diabetes Fiji Inc chairman Taabish Akbar.
He said the effects of diabetes on the people of Fiji are well documented and the health burden and cost to individuals, families, staff and government are alarming.
“Such global trends of alarming magnitude have prompted the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to focus on universal health coverage as a key response by bringing health services to the people and reforming delivery towards outreach and decentralization with the ultimate intent of ‘leaving no one”, said Mr Akbar.
“People and communities must take full responsibility for their health and well-being and abide by the ministry’s call for early diagnosis if there is to be national solidarity in the successful fight against diabetes.
“These collaborations enable all stakeholders to share their diverse perspectives and resources to collectively solve a societal problem and achieve a shared goal.”
He said Diabetes Fiji Inc and its partners were trying to raise awareness about diabetes – a topic full of myths, controversy and misconceptions.
“Diabetes is one of the salient challenges of our time, but all too often we approach these problems with fragmented and even compartmentalized solutions, and with efforts (however passionate, intense and even exhausting) that are not enough to tackle the problems. . the scale at which they exist.
“These collaborations enable all stakeholders to share their diverse perspectives and resources to jointly solve a societal problem and achieve a common goal.
“Diabetes as a social problem in Fiji can be tackled with this approach.” November is marked as National Diabetes Month in most countries around the world.