The Nigerian government has been urged to increase awareness and interventions about Diabetes in the country.
The call was made by diabetes experts at an event to mark the World Diabetes Day 2019, in Abuja.
The founder of Precious Diabetes Foundation, Ijeoma Nwankwo.also advice Nigerians to always go for tests and avoid sedentary life styles added that people should always mind what they take into their system.
She said diabetes is the leading cause of death worldwide that needs proper management.
“We need to step up our game. Alot of people still don’t pay attention to diabetes and it’s a sorry state. When you look at people in the health sector, they look at diabetes as something that is over worked. Something everybody should know is caused by sugar. People should try as much as possible to know what diabetes is all about. Governments and individual organizations should put heads together to create more awareness about diabetes”. Nwankwo said.
On her part, the Director Planning of Diabetes Help Enlightenment Organisation, an Abuja based NGO, Dr. Safiya Ajayi says there is the need for proper education of Nigerians of the importance of healthy living.
She said that aside creating awareness about the scourge of diabetes, government should lay more emphasis on the disease, it should intervene more just as they do to other diseases.
She said that though there is low enlightenment about diabetes, the NGO through collaboration with other agencies would continue to create awareness beyond Abuja.
Some participants at the event commended the NGO for remembering them on World Diabetes Day.
November 14th was set aside by the International Diabetics Foundation and the World Health Organisation for the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is “know your risk of type 2 diabetes”.