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Diabetes: Nigeria leads in Africa, says WHO

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Which country has the highest number of people suffering from diabetes in Africa? It is Nigeria, say the World Health Organisation (WHO); International Federation of Diabetes (IFD) and Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN).

Nigeria, according to them, also has the highest mortality rate from the disease.

Provost, College of Health Sciences, Osun State University Prof Olutayo Alebiosu made these known at the launch in Lagos of a monitor to check the level of sugar in diabetics.

Also quoting WHO, he said 60 per cent of deaths were caused by chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart failures.

With the monitor, there is hope for the over one million people suffering from diabetes and over 3.85 million with low glucose in Nigeria. The device will help them check their sugar level better.

Bayer Contour Ts Blood Glucose Monitoring device is an easy-to-use metre, which enables individuals and families monitor their blood glucose without any assistance from a health care provider. It can also be used in hospitals by doctors to get instant result for their patients with 100 per cent accuracy.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that arises when the pancreas do not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin produced. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps ‘sugar’ (glucose) to leave the blood and enter the cells of the body to be used as ‘fuel’. When a person has diabetes, either the pancreas does not produce the insulin it needs (Type 1 diabetes) or the body cannot make effective use of the insulin produced (Type 2 diabetes). According to the IFD, diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in most developed countries. Each year, three million deaths worldwide are attributable to diabetes-related causes.

Death, Alebiosu said, occurred because of improper diagnoses or the poor management of the disease, “since its management is very expensive and not affordable by majority of sufferers. While sufferers of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis receive medications and do laboratory tests free, there are no subsidies for diabetes care. But with Bayer Contour Ts Blood Glucose Monitoring Device, which is developed by the company that discovered Aspirin over a hundred years ago, then Nigeria is better for it, for its accuracy as recorded in other clinics around the globe.

“Bayer Contour TS (Total Simplicity) Blood glucose monitoring devices are innovative products — from easy-to-use meters to accurate testing supplies that have helped millions of people globally to manage their diabetes for more than 70 years. Diabetes Care with Bayer Contour TS is dedicated to helping simplify the lives of people with diabetes, empowering them to take charge of their health as well as providing timely information on their blood sugar profile.”

He said: “Living with diabetes can be overwhelming at first, but once the patient learns to manage it, the affected individual can lead a full, active life. And while there is no cure for diabetes, it can be treated. That is where Diabetes care with Bayer Blood Glucose monitoring devices comes in, offering a portfolio of easy-to-use, proven accurate diabetes management products. Both the patients and health conscious individuals can learn to manage their blood sugar effectively. Bayer’s long tradition of product innovation in diabetes care goes all the way back to 1941, so I recommend same to Nigeria.”

Guest lecturer at the launch and a consultant at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Prof. Geoffrey Onyemelukwe, called for a lifestyle change, especially by urban dwellers, from processed foods to natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, fermented drinks like burukutu, palm wine and others to stem the diabetes pandemic. He said regular exercise of up to 150 minutes a week can help in preventing the onset of diabetes.

Onyemelukwe called for the establishment of a National Diabetes Centre to provide a framework for the management of the disease, saying that diabetes has killed more Nigerians than HIV/AIDs, malaria and cancer.

Chief Executive of Abiagait Health Solutions Limited, Mr. Isaac Thompson Amos, said his organisation decided to partner with Bayer Health Care, Germany to bring the Bayer Contour TS Blood Glucose monitoring system to help government in providing quality health care for the people. He noted that the product is the best in the market and is marketed in over 100 countries.

Amos said Abiagait is discussing with the Ministry of Health and other healthcare related agencies to take the products to the grassroots. “As the product can be used in the hospital, at home, work places or even religious organistions to test the blood sugar with instant result,” he stated.

Article Credit: The Nation Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

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