World Diabetes Day 2019 was commemorated at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe spoke at the opening ceremony. He said diabetes is the main cause of damage to the kidneys and someone who has it is 15 to 40 times likelier to require a leg amputation due to the negative consequences of the noncommunicable disease.
In addition, people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose their eyesight, said the Union Minister. He said hypertension usually accompanies people with diabetes and the best way to prevent both noncommunicable diseases from occurring is to regularly engage in a physical activity of one’s choice.
The Union Minister said there are 1,316 rural health departments in 232 townships across the nation that opened free hypertension and diabetes clinics from October 2018 to July 2019. He said 1.1 million people came to these clinics and 5 per cent of them had diabetes while 15 per cent had hypertension.
The Union Minister said just as it is mentioned in the motto of this year’s World Diabetes Day, “Diabetes: Protect Your Family”, the role of the family is crucial. They must be aware of the do’s and don’ts for a person with diabetes in their life.
Next, Prof Dr Ko Ko of the Diabetes and Hormone Treatment Department, University of Medicine 2, Yangon, explained prevention and treatment methods for diabetes.
Afterwards, the Union Minister and entourage observed the exhibition booths for World Diabetes Day, specialists treating patients with diabetes, and examining and treating the eyes and feet of attendees. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)