BMC Official Calls for Action Against Silent Killer

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

About 285 million people all over the world are affected by diabetes and the figures may rise up to 435 million by the year 2030 if no action is taken to stop the silent killer, Francistown Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), production manage,r Mr Matthews Tlhalerwa has said.

Speaking at the World Diabetes Day Commemoration on November 14, Mr Tlhalerwa revealed that the latest statistics as per World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that at least 1.5 million deaths were recorded world-wide in 2012 and 80 per cent people world-wide had type 2 diabetes.

In addition, Mr Tlhalerwa said world diabetes day was a call to those responsible for diabetes care to contribute towards its control. He highlighted that most people in town and cities have adopted bad eating habits and urged them to eat healthy foods and engage in regular exercise.

Furthermore, he said this year marks the first of the three year campaign from 2014-2016 focused on the theme “healthy living and diabetes” to raise awareness among people about diabetes.

Mr Tlhalerwa said world diabetes day was created by the international diabetes federation and the world health organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes posed.

He said a diabetes patient needs messages for empowerment so that they can follow proper ways of living. Mr Tlhalerwa said the day also marks the celebration of the birthday of Fredrick Bating, who along with Charles Best first envisaged the ideas which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

He said that the time has come for the government to implement proper polices for prevention of diabetes. Tatitown Court president, Mr Edward Showa encouraged the public not to fear to know their health status.

He stressed the importance of the day’s celebration, adding that it was a privilege for them to celebrate the day with Nyangababwe Referral Hospital.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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