It is with profound gratitude and support, I write to commend a Honourable member of the National House of Representative, Hon. Yomi Ogunnusi of Ifako/Ijaye Federal Constituency of Lagos State, who moved a motion for a National Policy on Diabetes in Nigeria. It is no longer news that Diabetes mellitus is on the increase in our community. Those of us who work daily creating awareness to prevent this serious chronic condition see the suffering Diabetes brings on individuals and families.
The political declaration of UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), held in 2011, committed member states to a comprehensive set of actions to prevent and treat NCDs, with a specific goal to strengthen national multisectoral plans by the end of 2013. The declaration emphasized the need for a whole of government policy response, and recognized that to be effective, national actions need to go beyond the health system to address the social determinants of health and prevent exposure to NCD risk factors that are common to the four major NCDs: Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and Diabetes. National governments should also collaborate with other sectors in society, such as civil society, academia, and when relevant and appropriate, the private sector. Cost effective interventions are essential to achieve the agreed global target of a 25% reduction in premature NCD mortality by 2025 ( The 25 by 25 goal)
I urge other members of the National Assembly including the senate to give this motion a speedy hearing to ensure that not just National policy for Diabetes is instituted but use of Guidelines be enforced for standardization of treatment and care and incorporating Diabetes into the MDGs come 2015.
Isaac Yakubu Akogu
Conversation Map Expert Trainer