An NGO, Diabetes Control Media Advocacy Group (DICOMAG) on Thursday urged the new Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire to make the control of diabetes a major priority during his tenure.
According to the group, the minister should devise urgent and concrete measures to address the current heavy burden of the disease to prevent a looming epidemic.
“We congratulate the Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State, Sen. Olorunimbe Mamora for their appointment.
“We are delighted that Ehanire is back in the ministry where he served as the Minister of State in the last dispensation and believe he is well placed to lead the ministry toward the revitalisation and restructuring of the nation’s battered healthcare delivery system.
“The organisation, however, urges the minister, as he settles down to work, to urgently address the alarming increase of diabetes in Nigeria, its attendant complications, deadly consequences and impact on the health and overall well-being of citizens.
“The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that no fewer than five million Nigerians are currently living with diabetes and like elsewhere in the world, the number of cases is increasing very fast,” a statement signed by its Director of Communication, Mrs Yinka Shokunbi said.
“The Federation also estimates that one in every two people with diabetes in the country is undiagnosed, which means that the current estimated number of cases could be double or even more.
“In 2018, experts at a stakeholders meeting on diabetes foot care raised the alarm that Nigeria is currently recording unacceptable numbers of lower extremities amputation and death resulting from diabetes foot ulcer in all parts of the country.
“Results of different studies in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, Port Harcourt in Rivers, Ile Ife in Osun, the rural communities in Gombe, Enugu, Kwara, Borno, Zaria, Uyo and Sokoto, all indicate that diabetes is prevalent.
“It is contributing to the development of heart disease, renal disease, pneumonia, bacteremia, and even tuberculosis (TB) in all the places.’’
The group added: “Diabetes also affects virtually all organs of the body, resulting in loss of vision, dental problem, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, lower limb amputation, sexual dysfunction, among others when not properly controlled.
“Sadly, it is a situation faced by Nigerians living with diabetes today,’’ the statement said.
DICOMAG urged the Federal Government to ensure adequate budgetary allocation to the diabetes desk of the department of non-communicable diseases and massive enlightenment campaign about diabetes.
It also called for enforcement of federal health institutions to commence blood sugar testing as part of routine tests for all patients visiting the hospital.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)
- Waste managers pledge to upgrade disposal trucks for better service
- Police nab man for allegedly killing neighbour with Dane gun in Niger
- Pope to give ‘strictly private’ audience to embattled Maltese premier
- Samoa’s measles death toll rises to 65 amid state of emergency
- Von der Leyen calls for ‘unity’ between Europe, AU
- Tree planting, panacea to climate change problems- Environmentalist
- Eddie Ugbomah, Joke Silva, others honoured with Movie Rock of Fame Award
- Firefighters battle more than 100 blazes across Australian state
- AOC tasks personnel on physical fitness to tackle security challenges
- Kenya gov’t confirms ambush that killed 8 was terrorist attack
- 2019 ZUMA Film Festival closes with grand awards gala
- $900,000 Grant: Niger Govt. to sensitise communities on urban policy
- Jigawa, Chinese Hunan province sign agreement on agriculture
- Missing cash: 4 quizzed NSCDC back to post at Bayelsa govt. house
- U.S. Supreme Court blocks plans to bring back federal death penalty
- MURIC hails Buhari for nomination of new NAHCON boss
- Immigration boss inaugurates new quarter guard
- Insecurity: Niger Govt. donates vehicles, motorcycles to Army
- Osinbajo harps on culture, tourism in new world order
- Customs boss seeks separate budget for staff college
- ICT bedrock of any sub specialty, says Kebbi first lady
- NIDCOM condemns attack on Amaechi in Spain
- Kubwa Traffic: FCTA task team to close Gwarinpa U-turn
- Ahead of institute’s convocation, alumni call for improved attention to tourism
- Gov. Sule sets up committee on implementation of minimum wage
- Onu advocates inclusion of innovation in educational curriculum
- Tunisia foils illegal immigration attempt
- FG reaffirms commitment to establishing National Policy on Nanotechnology
- FCCPC to enforce passenger insurance on fleet operators
- Gov. Obaseki signs N179.2bn Appropriation Bill for Edo
- Nigerian Customs not afraid to take bold decisions
- TETFund retrieves N10bn from non-performing institutions
- Budget: We’re poised to exercise our constitutional mandate–Zamfara Speaker
- Police deploy new CP to Adamawa for LG Election
- Buratai tasks officers on improvement on current successes
- Agency begins taxpayer engagement to enhance revenue collection – Chairman
- Boko Haram abducts 18 in Cameroon’s Far North region
- Emir seeks abolition of GRA in llorin
- Apapa 72 hours road closure: FG seeks understanding for construction works
- EFCC nabs 4 suspects over alleged fraudulent business in Sokoto, Kebbi states
- Gov. Sule, Al-Makura deny friction over alleged inherited debts
- 40 youths receive N7.5m grant from IITA, AfricaRice project
- Zambia says plans to re-launch national airline active
- NSE moves 197.04m shares worth N3.53bn in bearish trading
- Yuletide: FRSC warns drivers against overloading, speeding in Sokoto
- Kwara Customs Command takes anti-smuggling campaign to border communities
- FCT minister lauds sharia court for being responsive
- AOT Lagos 1.0: Tech entrepreneurs advise startups on business sustainability
- Mental wellbeing is an inalienable right of every Nigerian – NGO
- NAF trains 3,629 personnel to meet Nigeria’s dynamic security challenges