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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 30, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---There is an alarming increase in diabetes in the Solomon Islands, just released Ministry of Health and Medical Services statistics show.

The National Referral Hospital in Honiara last year recorded 2,000 cases, they indicated.

And 952 diabetes cases were recorded from January to October this year. Of these, 55 patients had complications ranging from very bad sore legs resulting in amputations to liver problems, blindness and heart related diseases.

Coordinator of Non-Communicable Diseases Edith Fanega says diabetes is rampant and they expect more cases.

She adds this is why the ministry will be highlighting diabetes on the 14th of November with a march from the National Referral Hospital to Honiara's Central Market.

Mrs. Fanega says the theme is "Reducing the Burden: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases."

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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