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Wife of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo has urged state governments to support indigent diabetic patients in the country.
Mra. Obasanjo said this on Thursday during the closing ceremony of the Ogun State Diabetes Youth Camp organised by Talabi Diabetes Centre, held in Abeokuta, the state capital.
She said that diabetic patients need financial and medical support, noting that the disease is expensive to manage.
She added that, “There is no disease that is not deadly but at the same time, if you manage it very well, you will live your life fully. And nobody will know that you have an illness as long as you maintain and do the right thing at the right time.
“Is it possible to make known the help needed from the ministers, commissioners of states because they (patients) need some help. It is very expensive to manage it and at the same time, it is not that very expensive.
“The food you eat is what you are. As a diabetic patient, you don’t eat sugary and starchy food.
“After doing all these things, the parents also need to manage it. The education you have given them is very good but they need the support of the government from the state in feeding, in their education, in so many ways and then what they wear also is very important because they shouldn’t have any cut.
“These people need help from the government, from the states. There are so many things attached to it.
“I was surprised when I saw them yesterday, I know that there are many factors to consider to effectively manage diabetes which could be hindered as a result of economic instability and feeding.”
She however advised the patients to maintain healthy living.
“They need to follow up the rules and regulations of this illness. Even if you are taking your medication and you’re eating the wrong food, you’re still at loss.
“You eat a little, do a lot of exercise and feel happy within yourself.
“Just keep moving around as if nothing happens to you. Don’t you drench yourself in it and when they call you for something, don’t let it limit you at all.
“Move around. Be happy. You’ll live a normal life. What you eat is what you are.
“Even if at all they’re helping you and you’re eating the wrong food; if they are helping you and you’re not putting it into the system. Help the government, the government will help you in return.”
“I am so happy that we are seeing the fruition of this event.”
Meanwhile, a diabetic specialist and the state coordinator of the centre, Dr Olubiyi Adeshina stated that the camp was organized to educate the participants of how to live with the illness.
He noted that the participants are mostly children and adolescents with Type-1 diabetes.
He said, “We have organised this camp for young people with Type-1 diabetes to equip them with life skills on how they are going to manage Type-1 diabetes for the rest of their lives.
“Once you have diabetes, it is not curable; it is something you will have to live with for the rest of your life.
“And Type-1 diabetes, we tend to see it in children and adolescents. It can also occur in adults but it is very rare. So, what we have done here is to gather 21 young people.”
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