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Campaign on Diabetes Launched in Namibia
Source: Africa News
Source Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Namibia
Created: Nov 18, 2010

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Petrina Haingura said healthcare workers must improve their knowledge of diabetes, so that they can put their skills effectively to work as they provide care to diabetic patients in hospitals.
Haingura said the dia-betes campaign also calls on governments worldwide to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of the chronic disease.
“Let us change the way we live and adopt healthy lifestyles through our eating habits. Let us exercise regularly, reduce smoking as well as the intake of alcohol in order to prevent diabetes,” said the deputy minister.
Speaking at the same occasion, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Magda Robalo said diabetes is estimated to have affected some 220 million people worldwide.
“In 2030, the number of patients is likely to double if effective interventions are not undertaken by governments to prevent it,” she noted.
Robalo also told the gathering that diabetes even kills people in the most economically productive age groups – those below 30 years of age.
She said there is a high number of diabetes cases in the world that have still not been diagnosed, adding that many people tend to be diagnosed with the disease only after they experience complications related to the symptoms of the disease.
She also called on all Namibians with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels, take medication, exercise and eat healthy food - especially fruits and vegetables.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body system fails to control the sugar level in the body.
It has short-term symptoms such as fatigue, unusual thirst, frequent urination and loss of weight.
“Heart attacks, strokes and permanent damage to kidneys, blood vessels or eyes are all consequences of the long-term symptoms of diabetes,” said Robalo.
World Diabetes Day is usually commemorated worldwide on November 14 each year, but the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) decided to commemorate the Day with support from the WHO through activities that will last a whole week.
The MoHSS issued a media statement on Monday this week, saying there are several events lined up to target health workers and the general public in creating awareness aout diabetes.
In Namibia, diabetes ranks as one of the top 10 diseases and among the top 15 in-patient causes of death. – Nampa


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