In this post today, i will be sharing with you events of the health ministry’s partnership with NMA National to mark world diabetes day in Calabar, Cross River state.
1 in every 10 persons is diabetic and sadly only 50% of persons suffering from Diabetes know that they have the disease. Most Carry on till complications, sometimes irreversible complications set in.
It was against this background that the Nigerian Medical Association National partnered with the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Diabetic Society of Nigeria and others to carry out free outreach and massive screening for the University of Calabar Community.
The screening which started at 7am witnessed many staff of the university turning out to test their blood sugar and get medical advise on time.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, while sensitizing the crowd on diabetes and how to reduce the risk of coming down with it, said the theme of World Diabetes Day 2020 is “The Nurse and Diabetes” because nurses play key roles in providing lifelong care for people with diabetes and its complications.
The 2020 World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on promoting the role of nurses in the prevention and management of diabetes.
“It’s been a tough year for people living with diabetes as COVID -19 disease and lock down led to increase mortality, as persons with diabetes were most vulnerable and affected. Furthermore, the cost of buying insulin and drugs has skyrocketed.
However, there is hope as the state health insurance scheme covers diabetic patient protecting them from catastrophic health expenditures and out of pocket expense.”
Dr Edu advocated the need for regular exercise, appropriate diet, avoidance of smoking and excessive achohol consumption as well as routine check up to identify diabetes and control it even before the complications arise.
Dr Abraham Anlak who is the Chairman of National Committee for Health Promotion, spoke about weight loss and obesity that predisposes one to Diabetes. He, however, said that “you can be on the big side and not have diabetes if you have a life style modification.”
He said the Nigerian Medical Association National will continue to promote health care and outreaches all across the country to support government to get a more healthy society. Read also: 10 Possible Causes of the Obesity Epidemic
He commended the state government for their effort and support while appreciating the effort of the Diabetic CSO that has been working assiduously to sensitize the general public on how to protect themselves from diabetes and it’s complications.
Mr Enya who is a diabetic patient, carefully explained his ordeal, stating that they were worse hit during COVID-19. He noted that the effort of the Cross River State Government to start up a health insurance scheme would go a long way to reduce catastrophic expenditures.
He appealed for more support from Government, NGOs and good spirited individuals to enable them test and acquire drugs daily.
The Unical community expressed thanks to the NMA national and State Government for the effort and free medical outreach and screening, calling on members to always ensure they test their blood sugar level.