Katsina government, NGO to educate citizens on diabetes

Aminu Masari

Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor

Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor

Katsina State Government says it will collaborate with NGO’s and Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) to sensitise its people on the dangers associated with the disease.

The Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari stated this on Monday during the anniversary and book launch by the state Chapter of the DAN in Katsina.

“Government will partner with the organisations to carry out aggressive enlightenment campaign on how to curb the spread of diabetes disease in the state.

“The state government is ready to lead the organisations to embark on the education of the citizens to be conscious of this killer disease.

“The state government will also fashion out ways of assisting diabetic patients with drugs and other medicaments.

“It is a common knowledge that there is increased rate of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension threatening public health in our society,’’ he said.

The governor commended the author of the book on diabetes, Mr Ahmad Musa, for educating the public on dangers associated with the disease.

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Earlier, the National President, Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) Prof. Muhammad Alkali, called on the state government to direct its hospitals to carry out diabetic tests on all the patients seeking medical attention in its health facilities.

He said that the idea behind conducting compulsory tests on patients was to reduce the number of people living with the disease, without being aware of it.

The President also commended the state chapter of DAN for establishing 34 branches in local government areas.

In his remarks, Prof. A B Bakari, of the Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, called on the Federal Government to consider insulin as a live saving drug.

Bakari said that insulin had the capacity to rescue diabetic patients while they were in critical condition.

He called on state governments to establish agencies that would be providing insulin to patients, free of charge.

The author realised N2.5 million, including pledges during the launch.

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