WORLD DIABETES DAY: MEDICAL EXPERT ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR THE POOR AGED DIABETICS.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
As the world marks the 2018 World Diabetes day on Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, the governments in Nigeria have been told to institute a social protection measure for the indigent and less privileged diabetic patients in the country to reduce incidences of deaths occasioned by Diabetes.
This is the position of a medical doctor and Executive Director, Centre for Public Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization, Dr. C’Fine Okorochukwu during an interview with CSUnewsng.com.
He said diabetes is an emerging health concern in the nation that could be controlled and managed if detected early and treatment administered as and when due.
According to Dr. Okorochukwu, so many poor people have died as a result of complications that arose from diabetes which were not managed due to inability to access drugs.
He wants the government to consider such people in our society and provide drugs at either subsidized rates or even free of charge.
On the theme of this year’s celebration “FAMILY AND DIABETES”, he said the amputation of a breadwinner’s leg or death of a father or mother in a family is capable of swinging the destiny of that family, hence the need to make efforts to save the sick.
He therefore urged the governments at all levels to take health education seriously to even address some misconceptions people have about diabetes and also educate them on likely complications that can be developed if the disease is not adequately managed. Salaries and pensions must be paid as and when due and the health insurance scheme strengthened for better services to the populace.
To give back to the society, Dr. Okorochukwu is flagging off a free diabetes treatment to diabetic pensioners who are unable to access drugs and treatment due to lack of resources. He said the NGO is also accommodating other diabetic patients other than pensioners once they ascertain they cannot afford treatment.
The public health expert is also appealing to every Nigerian who has the capacity to help someone by offering to see to their medical bills as a way of helping the society fight diseases and make people live longer.
He further advised that everyone should go for glucose screening to ascertain their status and commence treatment on time where necessary.
Diabetes can be managed through diets and drugs.