It has been revealed that 1,869 amputations were done between 2014 and 2016.
835 were females and 1,034 were males who had lower limb amputations.
Deputy Secretary for Hospital Services Dr Luisa Cikamatana says we need to make healthy lifestyle changes now.
While speaking to participants of the Weight Loss Programme at their awards night, Cikamatana stressed that a healthy lifestyle is important now more than ever before, especially with the ever increasing rate of non-communicable diseases in Fiji.
Cikamatana says that the four major types of non-communicable diseases are cardio-vascular disease, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.
She says that as such, Health Promotion and Health Literacy remain a top priority for the Ministry of Health.
She adds that the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Education are encouraging school children to become ambassadors of health.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.