The National Diabetes Association of Ghana (NDAG) under the auspices of the Ministry Of Health has joined the world in the marking of the World Diabetes Day on the theme ?Protect the youth, our future.?

The celebration that ended on a successful note saw prominent people from all walks of life including the representative of the World Health Organization, Deputy Minister for education and women and children?s affairs respectively.

The event also welcomed dignitaries from other ministries, nurses and doctors as a way of gracing the occasion.

Meanwhile, the President of the National Diabetes Association of Ghana, Ms. Elizabeth Denyo addressing the gathering stated that recent survey shows that 530million people are currently living with diabetes world wide of which Ghana recorded 4.2million that forms one sixth of our total population.

Ms. Denyo noted with great concern that people living with diabetes are stigmatized as it imposes serious threats on them as it renders sterility in men and infertility in women.

She therefore made a passionate appeal to the government to double its effort in combating diabetes in the country even though the ministry of health is working assiduously to reduce it.

Since the provision of quality health care is imperative to every nation the president of the NDAG averred that HBA1 machines are currently been distributed to all the Regions to facilitate the diagnosing of the dreadful disease.

Ms Elizabeth Denyo also called on the authorities of National Health Insurance Scheme to revise their drugs tariffs so as to enable quality delivery of health care.

Speaking further, she advised the government to incur extra cost in training some doctors to specialize in the treatment of diabetes to help cut down the rate of number at which National Diabetes stands.

In the interim, the country representative of the World Health Organization, Iddrissa Sow as part of gracing the occasion said diabetes is a serious, chronic and costly disease that imposes life-long demands not only on folks living with the disease, but also their respective families.

According to him, the rate at which people suffer from the diseases is likely to double, if effective interventions are not undertaken.

?Sub-Sahara Africa had? not? been? spared? in this escalation, and? it is estimated that, should? current? trends continue, the region? will? witness? a? 98%? from? 12.1 million? cases in? 2012? to? 23.9 million? cases by? 2030,? he affirmed.

Iddrissa Sow? reiterated that? surveys? carried? out? recently? in? the? WHO? African Region indicate? that? up? to 15%? of adults? age 25-64 years? have diabetes whiles local studies in different? parts? of? the country? have? put the prevalence? of the? disease to? 17%? of the? population surveyed.

He? noted? that it? would? require? an accelerated? efforts? to? create local and regional? awareness? of diabetes and? empowering? individuals? and? communities,? including? youth, to? take? steps? to? prevent? the? disease and? its? many life-threatening? and health? impairing complications.



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