The World Health Organisation – WHO has urged Member States to accelerate access to diagnosis and treatment services to prevent complications of diabetes.
WHO Regional Director for Africa Mathshidiso Moeti says diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputations and other debilitating complications if NOT well controlled.
Dr. Moeti explains that in many African settings, half the people living with type 2 diabetes are unaware that they have the disease and are NOT receiving treatment.
This is contained in a statement released to ZNBC news to mark the World Diabetes Day, which falls on November 14.
Dr. Moeti has urged people to eat healthy, exercise and avoid excessive weight gain if they are to prevent diabetes.
She said prevention of type two diabetes and other non communicable diseases should begin in childhood and continue throughout life.
Dr. Moeti said WHO will continue to support governments to improve prevention and control of diabetes and other non communicable diseases.
This year’s World Diabetes Day is being commemorated under the theme “The family and diabetes.
The African region has experienced a six-fold increase, from four million in 1980 to twenty-five million in 2014.
According to the World Health Organisation, overweight and obesity are the strongest risk factors for type TWO diabetes, cardiovascular and other non communicable diseases.