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The Prevalence of Diabetes in Nigeria updates 2012
The global prevalence of Diabetes is on the increase. As at the end of 2011, the Interntional Diabetes Federation IDF published that 366 million persons are living with this disorder. if nothing is done, this figure could rise to 540 million in the near future.
It dawn on me that we in sub saharan Africa wher there are no reliable statistics will have an epidemic on our hands that we cannot ascertain the exert number of persons involve.
This is a huge responsibility on the part of Government and individuals involve in Diabetes work to double effort.
In September of 2011, there was an extra ordinary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly wre Diabetes was considered along with other non communicable diseases as a global challenge. The president of Nigeria ws in attendance, since then, we have not noticed any action being coordinated by the Government to address the challenges of diabetes in Nigeria.
People living with diabetes are still faced with problems of high cost of their medications, non availability or high cost of glucose monitoring machines, no tax waiver on Diabetes consumables. Pharmaceutical companies marketing anti diabetic products have a field day of changing their prices as the like. The pain of all these rest on persons with diabetes or their relations.
The way forward is for the government through the Ministry of Health, department of NCDs to immediately collaborate with Diabetes Association of Nigeria (the umbrella body of all groups handling Diabetes) to implement some modern techniques introduced by International Diabetes Federation like
- Diabetes Conversation Map Education Program which is currently in use in over 160 countries of the World who are members of IDF.
- Introduce Guidelines for Diabetes management to public and private hospitals in Nigeria in other to have uniform standards of practice and care. It is also important that all non governmental organizations working in the area of Diabetes need to for a a synergy so as to hve documented evidence for statistical records, as well as bringing about effective networking among healthcare providers and persons living with Diabetes in Nigeria.
The work ahead for everyone involve in Diabetes care and advocacy in Nigeria is enormous. Other Countries have gone far, we seem not to have started, but it is possible to still create an impact before the year 2020, to reduce our estimated prevalence rate.http://www.dataentryjobs.us/134951.html