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… Says One Diabetologist Attends To Over 66,000 Patients,
A medical expert, Prof. Olufemi Fasanmade, has described the state of diabetes in Nigeria as very alarming, saying there are over 500 million people affected with diabetes and almost 10 million people affected in Nigeria.
He made this known at the commemoration of the World Diabetes Day 2022, by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) held at the President Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.
The professor of Medicine said there is a lot to do for the people and that is to provide greater access to health care for all people.
He said, “the best thing would be if every single person in Nigeria has a health centre within his ward and I believe the Federal Government is working on that.
“537 million people have diabetes in the whole world and that is too much to have. Considering that the number may increase by 20% in 2030, raising to 643 million people.
“The problem is that 50 percent of the people who have it in the world do not know that they have diabetes.
“Almost 10 percent of the money spent in the health sector all over the world is spent on diabetes. That shows that this is a condition that needs a lot of attention.
“Why will His Execellency (Obasanjo) spend his money on educating the people on diabetes? It is because their are limited access to the diabetes management and care in Nigeria.
“What do I mean by limited access? We have only 150 practicing diabetologists in Nigeria. Lagos has the highest number of Diabetologists with 15 – 20 practitioners, and then only Ogun State and FCT have about 9 – 10 each, most other states have 1 – 2, while some states do not have at all.
“Sometimes patients are given two to three months appointment because of the limited number of specialists. In fact, patients who get access to doctors only have about five to ten minutes with the doctor.” Fasanmade lamented.
Hence, he reiterated the need to educate the people on diabetes and how the can manage and control it considering the challenges facing the health sector.
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