In marking the World Diabetes Day, the Oyo State Ministry of Health in collaboration with Lions Clubs International District 404B1 (region 10) is set to offer 200 free diabetes tests at Eleyele/Apete motor garage for all age groups as part of measures to improve the health of Nigerians.
Oyo State Commissioners for Health, Dr Bashir Bello said Nigeria is the most affected country in Africa that suffers from diabetes and urged individuals to understand the impact of the disease and know where and how to prevent diabetes and its complications.
He, however, urged that Nigerians living with diabetes be wary of diabetes because they stand a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and coming down with its severe forms.
Dr Bello, who spoke at a media briefing to commemorate 2020 World Diabetes day in conjunction with the Lions Clubs International, District 4041 B (region 10) at the Oyo State Ministry of Health, said currently, over 80 per cent of Nigerians are ignorant of diabetes and thereby causing its increase over the past 30 years.
The health commissioner said Nigeria is home to over 4 million people with diabetes and quoted the International Diabetes federation saying that by 2024, diabetes is likely to affect 10 per cent of humanity globally
He said in recognition of the importance of investing in awareness and prevention of the disease, the state offered free screening for diabetes during its just-concluded free health outreaches across the 33 local government areas and 35 LCDA on Friday, 6th of November, 2020.
Region Chair, Lions Clubs International District 404B1 (region 10), Abass Bogunbe stated that diabetes was one of the four cardinal points of lions clubs and named others as childhood cancer, hunger and sight.
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