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A public health expert with the Ogun state Ministry of Health, Dr. Niyi Obadeji, has noted that globally, 420 million people are diagnosed of diabetes while 1.5 million die yearly.
Obadeji revealed that majority of the diabetic patients are those living in low and middle-income countries.
The expert maintained that 2.2 percent of the global cases are reported in Nigeria.
According to the expert, diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a long period and this is due to the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin.
“Globally about 420 million people are diabetic with the majority living in low and middle-income countries and 1.5 million die each year.
“Although there is no nationwide survey on diabetes Mellitus in Nigeria since 1992, 2.2% of cases of diabetics are reported in Nigeria.”
Obadeji noted that despite the prevalence of cases of diabetes in Nigeria, Ogun state has no authorized body dealing with the disease.
He added that Non-governmental bodies are diagnosing the disease across the state.
“There is no authorized body looking into the prevalence of diabetes Mellitus in Ogun state.
“Although there is a non-communicable disease in the state where we deal with cancers and hypertension there is no authorized body dealing with diabetics.
“We also have NGOs like Talabi Diabetics Centre, ensuring there are proper diagnoses in the state.” He said
He urged Nigerians to do frequent checks to know their health status and not wait till the breakdown.
“Nigerians should watch out for symptoms like excessive excretion over the night, unusual appetite, and weight loss.
“Diabetics can be A-symptomatic with the patient not knowing he is diabetic.
“We want people to check their health status often. If you are 40 years and above, visit the clinic, check your blood pressure, and blood sugar and if you are diagnosed to have Diabetes Miletus, see a medical doctor who will prescribe drugs and educate you on the food you can consume and how to take good care of yourself.”
PLATFORM TIMES reports that World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14 November every year, to raise awareness of the growing burden of this disease, and strategies to prevent and manage the threat.
According to the World Health Organisation, this year’s theme is again “Access to diabetes care”, as it was last year, and will be again in 2023, highlighting the importance of prevention and response efforts.
WHO noted that according to Africa’s diabetes statistics, 24 million adults are currently living with diabetes with that number predicted to swell by 129% to 55 million by 2045.
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