From Hafsat Adebayo, Bauchi
The Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) has lamented that diabetes management is very costly ‘as many poor patients are unable to afford diabetes medication and treatment’.
National president of the association Dr Mohammed Alkali stated this yesterday while flagging off free medical outreach which included free diabetes test, treatment and counseling sponsored by the association to 1, 000 diabetics at Toro local government area of Bauchi state as part of activities marking this year’s world diabetes day.
He explained that the gesture was aimed at bringing succor to patients and encouraging other people to under go diabetes screening with a view to knowing their status and managing the disease properly.
Dr Alkali who noted that many people live with the disease without being aware expressed the association’s commitment to promoting diabetes screening and awareness on its management.
He however decried that government at all levels neglect diabetes issues and other non communicable diseases which he pointed out are more problematic.
In his lecture, a consultant on diabetes at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching hospital Bauchi Dr Sule Bathnna advised diabetics to be eating balanced diets, foods with less sugar, moderately ripe fruits and at least 30 minutes exercise daily as ways of managing diabetes and healthy living.