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Government concerned over ailing population

November 24, 2015 4:31 am

The number of people who suffer from disease like diabetes is a worry for the government says Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sayed-Khaiyum says he was surprised to note the number of people in Fiji who are going blind because of cataract and those who have lost their limps due to amputation.

“This is a huge cost to us and not just in terms of the actual surgery itself but as a country in terms of the productive years that are going out of them. We have to be cognisant about this. We have to be able to think long term as a country. There are a number of opportunities for us. We are creating ourselves as a hub but we also need to consolidate our human resources, infrastructure and the manner in which we do business.”

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Sayed-Khaiyum says to move forward this requires everyone’s participation.

He was speaking at a forum in Suva last night organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Fiji Australia Business Council Suva Chamber of Commerce.

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