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World Health Day: FG Designates Diabetes Top Health Risk

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
.Moves To Avert Doctors Strike
Innocent Oweh
Nigerian government has designated ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ as one of the top health risks it must curtail to salvage more than 2.8 percent of the adult population currently plagued by the ailment.
Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, at the commemoration of the 2016 World Health Day, also listed hypertension, cervical cancer and obesity to be among killer ailments, which awareness on early detection needed to be stepped up as well.
Also, Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said non-communicable diseases accounted for 24 per cent of illness related to deaths in Nigeria, with diabetes assuming a wider spread since 1960.
Adewole said Nigerian government and her development partners have stopped the spread of wild polio virus but such cannot be said of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
He put the national prevalence rate of diabetes in adults (20-79 years) at 1.9 per cent as at 2015.
“Diabetes remains the commonest endocrine disorder and a major non-communicable disease that causes deaths, serious morbidity and debility.
“A bigger concern to me is the number of cases of undiagnosed diabetes in adults, which is estimated at 950 per thousand.
“Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and patient self-management for optimal results of outcomes and reduction of the risk of complications,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister said moves were on to avert a proposed strike by resident doctors.
He said a meeting had been scheduled for Monday April 11 for stakeholders to brainstorm on some of the current challenges bedeviling the sector.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum which is expected to elapse on April 24, 2016.
Part of the NARD demands that may necessitate the strike includes alleged sack of its members from some training institutions and delays in effecting pension deductions from doctors each month.
The association is also aggrieved over the increasing cases of non-payment of salaries, poor health infrastructure and alleged administrative corruption within the sector.
“Government should melt out punitive measures on itself for failing to pay doctors who already have fulfilled their obligation by working without salaries.
“Prevalence of poor health infrastructure in our hospitals has in no small measure affected the delivery of adequate health care to Nigerians. Till date the Residency Training Programme is still not funded by government and no guiding policies.
“We believe a labourer deserves his wages; some of our members in state-owned tertiary hospitals have not been remunerated from three to eight months,” Muhammad Askira, NARD President, had stated.