There was a total of 791 amputations last year and the statistics show that the amputation rates have increased from 12.1 to 12.6% from 2015.
According to data collected by the Ministry of Health and Information Unit there were 669 amputations in 2015.
This was highlighted by Assistant Health Minister Alexander O’ Connor while speaking on National Diabetes Registration launch at Nausori Health Centre.
O’Connor says that this could be prevented through early detection of abnormalities, education of clients and empowering people living with diabetes to take more proactive approach to health and wellness.
He says that screening type 2 and type 1 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.
The Assistant Health Minister stresses that as a nation everyone has to take action to tackle Non Communicable Diseases since the country cannot afford a situation where every eight hours a person has a limb amputated.
O’Connor adds to reduce the rate of NCDs the government increased the taxation of sugar sweetened beverages, alcohol and tobacco however, it is also necessary for people to take ownership and be actively involved in the management of their health.
Meanwhile, the registration will run till November and the results will be announced on 14th November on the World Diabetes Day.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.