First diabetes foot care symposium held in Fiji

First diabetes foot care symposium held in Fiji


The President of Fiji H.E Major general Jioji Konousi Konrote with Assistant Health Minister Ms Veena Bhatnagar and the senior staff and nurses of the Ministry of Health at the foot care symposium

The President of Fiji HE Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konrote (reti’d) opened the first Diabetes footcare symposium last week where the trained nurses in foot care presented success stories on the prevention of diabetes in Fiji.

The prevalence of NCD’s in quite alarming as almost 80% of deaths in Fiji occur as a result of NCD’s, including diabetes, which also contributes to heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes is caused by four main lifestyle factors: Smoking, poor Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical inactivity (SNAP). Additionally, poor diabetes control causes complications in other areas, which our health experts have termed as SNAKE: Skin, Nerves, Arteries, Kidneys and Eyes.

H.E President Konrote said the main strategy of the Fijian Government through the Ministry for Health and Medical Services is to control SNAP to prevent SNAKE! And this could be done through healthy lifestyles.

“For this to happen, all Fijians must choose a healthy lifestyle. We need to eat healthy and balanced diets. We need to be physically active by doing regular exercises on a daily basis,” he added.

“Importantly, we need to shift the spectrum of thinking from curative to preventative. This will go a long way in controlling diabetes and causing premature deaths”.

World Diabetes Foundation Mr Nilles Bent acknowledged the work on diabetes in Fiji and encouraged the Health Ministry to increase the advocacy on the prevention of diabetes as this is the best way to help people avoid diabetes related illnesses.

Meanwhile the Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate together with National Advisor NCD Dr Isimeli Tukana attended the Regional Minister of Health’s meeting Co-sponsored by WDF and SPC in Tonga to map out strategies to address Diabetes in the region earlier this week.

World Diabetes foundation President visits Fiji

World Diabetes Foundation president Mr Nielsen Bent with foot care nurse Neelam Naidu at the Wainibokasi Hospital.


The president of the World Diabetes Foundation Mr Nielsen Bent was impressed with the progress made on foot care services in Fiji as he visited the various health facilities in the Central Division while on his stopover in Fiji as he was en route to Tonga.

Mr Bent also met with the trained nurses on foot care who are based at the health facilities and assisting people who present themselves with diabetes issues.

The nurses have been very confidently addressing patient needs and described how they saved people from amputations through the proper foot care trainings they had gone through.

Mr Bent praised the work of the nurses as they presented their reports on the achievements and the benefits of the training they were engaged in.

‘I am really impressed and I thank you for your hard work. Now I am satisfied that the funding of the diabetes program is in full use and I will be able to inform the World Health Foundation on the progress made so far,’’ Mr Bent said.

World Blood Donor Day

The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau and the regional Rep from WHO Dr Liu Youngao with other stakeholders at the World Blood Donor Day Celebrations at Rishikul High School.



World Blood Donor Day is commemorated on the 14th of June every year. The theme for this year was “Blood connects us all”.

The Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Dr Meciusela Tuicakau said that blood donors save lives every day and that continuous awareness of the need for regular donations.

“This will ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need”.

Dr Tuicakau also thanked those who had been part of blood drives as in 2015 there was a total of 13,570 blood donors.

The Health Ministry acknowledges the continuous support received from the World Health Organization and the Embassy of Japan.