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Heed warnings says Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji

December 20, 2015 5:37 pm

The Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji is concerned about the high number of people in Fiji who have had their limbs amputated because of diabetes.

Association President Josko Wakaniyasi says despite numerous attempts to educate people on Non Communicable Diseases, people are not heeding warnings.

“This is a result of the high rate of amputations that is happening as a result of NCDs. It does not mean that if you have diabetes you have a disability – it’s a warning that you can become disabled. It’s how you look after yourself thereafter that is important.”

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A survey by Diabetes Fiji over a three-year period found that nine hundred and thirty eight amputations were performed at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The amputations were done between the years 2010 to 2012.

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