By Joy Ekezie
Diabetes and hypertension patients in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria will soon heave a sigh of relief.
This is because the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has hinted that plans have been concluded for Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) to begin to treat diabetes and hypertension patients.
He disclosed this while declaring open, 4th Pan- African Diabetic Foot Study Group Conference and the Advance Course on Diabetic Foot/ Podiatry organized by the Pan-African Diabetic Foot Study Group in collaboration with World Diabetes Foundation and Mark Anumah Medical Mission, in Abuja, recently.
“We will go beyond screening of diabetes at the teaching hospitals but we want to mainstream it in our primary healthcare centers”.
“As we are implementing the basic healthcare provision funds in PHC in this year’s budget, we want to offer care to Nigerians in the primary healthcare level, where the large number of population received medical care”, Adewole said.
The Minister further explained that federal government would conduct survey this year to determine the number of people affected with such diseases.
“We want to know how many people have the problem so that government can provide care for them appropriately,” he reiterated.
Speaking, the President, Association of Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Prof. Oladipo Ladapo, noted that Nigeria has the largest population in Africa and also has the large number of diabetic patients in Africa.
He, however, charged doctors, nurses, orthopedic surgeons in Nigeria to work together to ensure the diabetes is reduced to the barest minimum.
Prof. Ladipo said that more than 120 delegates converged from various parts of Africa to discuss way forward on diabetic foot /podiatry. He emphasized that Nigeria must develop another way to manage non- communicable diseases.