2 Million Ugandans Suffering From Diabetes

malady try geneva;”> this site geneva;”>The national celebrations have taken place at Kabale main stadium, Kabale district under the theme “Fight Diabetes, Save the Future”.

Presiding over the function, Hon Minister of State for Health (General Duties), Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, urged Ugandans to go for diabetes screening earlier to find ways of living without the disease or get treatment as soon as possible.

“The main reason why the country marked the world diabetes day was to increase the awareness of its presence to Ugandans such that people join hands in its fight,” Tumwesigye said.

The minister noted that currently about two million people in Uganda have diabetes and 80 percent are not aware of the disease leading to complications like impotence, amputations and failure in manhood, among many other signs.

“Early detection is very crucial in the fight against diabetes,” Tumwesigye added.

He elaborated that the non-communicable diseases like diabetes are increasing in peoples’ lives daily due to unhealthy lifestyles like feeding on fatty foods and alcohol consumption which leads to kidney failure.

According to the minister, non-communicable diseases kill about 63% people in the whole world and 80% are from low developed countries according to the 2008 research conducted by World health organisation.

The minister appealed to people to practice physical exercises and ensure proper feeding by avoiding eating sugary foods and eating fatty foods which he said has majorly led to the rise of diabetes among many people.

Tumwesigye also revealed that the government is in its final stages of constructing two multibillion structures at Kabale Referral hospital to help accommodate patients who frequent the facility.

Speaking at the same event, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Mathew Moses Erayu noted that the district has the largest number of population but with less medical workers to work on the vast populations.

Erayu appealed to the minister to lobby government such that more health workers are deployed in the district.

The day was also graced by free diabetes screening which saw thousands of people access free services.

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