Non Governmental Organizations and business houses have rallied behind the Ministry of Health & Medical Services to address the increasing cases of diabetes in the country.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate listening to presentations at the congress.
This was confirmed at the Diabetes/Wellness Congress held in Lami last week.
Diabetes and NCDs in Fiji have been on the increase and are almost reaching epidemic levels, with one amputation every twelve hours, which is of great concern to medical professionals and the public alike.
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate officiating at the congress said that while Government through the Ministry of Health is doing its best to tackle this overwhelming problem, it cannot do it alone.
“We need your support and your novel ideas to tackle the issue together but we must carry them out in an orderly manner”, said Mr Usamate.
“ I understand that this congress is to help organize your well-meaning but isolated activities into a coherent establishment that will allow us all to deliver the much-needed services more efficiently “ he added.
Meanwhile, Diabetes Fiji has been tirelessly assisting patients though its clinical services and public awareness.