By Hassan Zaggi
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the Diabetes Awareness and Care Project (DAC), in Nigeria.
While inaugurating the DAC Committee recently in Abuja, he reiterated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was commitment to safeguarding the health of Nigerians and improving diabetes care in Nigeria.
“The Non- Communicable disease division of the ministry in collaboration with the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) and with the support of the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), has embarked on this project ,which will first be implemented in two states of the country namely FCT and Imo Sates,’’ he said .
The minister further disclosed that the aim of the project was to increase diabetes awareness, improve access to care and strengthen two way referral systems for Diabeties in Imo and FCT.
According to him: “The finalization of the National Guideline for prevention and control of diabetes in Nigeria which took place earlier this month is an integral part of this project.
“It is expected that the Guideline will ensure standardized protocol for medical care and patient self – management education to prevent acute complication and reduce the risk of long term complications among Nigerians living with the disease’’.
The objectives of the project, the minister said, included to improve information available for institution of an informed interventions for Diabetes and to improve access to diabetes care through training of 220 health care workers at PHC level and screening of at least 30,000 individuals per state for T2DM in Imo and FCT to improve case findings for Diabetes.
Prof Adewole emphasized that the project was to last for 3 years(2018-2021)