…. Calls On Govt. To Make Insulin free, Accessible
A civil society group, Centre for Peace Across Borders in collaboration with an intenational organisation, TI International specifically tailored towards children living with Diabetes, has flagged off Diabetes Awareness Campaign in Imo.
The programe is expected to draw government’s attention to not only support the campaign but to ensure free and accessible insulin injection and medication for people living with the disease.
Speaking with the NGOs Senior Program Manager, Amb. Clinton Ezeigwe who bemoaned the high mortality rate asoociated with Diabetes, said the disease remain a critical health issue and one of the silent killer diseases that is under reported.
Ezeigwe who maintained that, there was no specific time frame for advocacy, said the group is poised to continue pushing with other Civil Society Groups until access to Diabetes testing and Insulin is made free for people living with the disease.
Advising government to take health programmes serious by making sure that these test kits are made available down to the primary health care centers, he urged Imolites to ensure they get the proper education and know their status through getting tested, as he further stated that the disease is not a life sentence as presumed.
Lending his voice, one of the participants at the flag off and Clinical Pathologist, Mr. Onuoha Moses in an interview informed that, one can be said to be diabetic when the blood sugar level is above 120ml per DL and 150ml per DL for random.
He stated that when blood sugar level refuses to nomalise over a period of time, Lucofage and Diarin or even Insulin injection can be administered in worst cases but must be monitored closely to avoid Hypoglycemia, which according to him is low blood sugar.
The Clinical Pathology PHD holder stressed that, while diabetes can be treated and managed depending on the stage upon detection, he informed of a new medical rule known as “slow and steady”, which encourages patients to eat balanced meals bit by bit, so as not to cause any strain on the body system.
He added that, sticking to a particular meal plan especially protein, can make the body system shift to protein and protein storage in the body, which he said, can cause lacidosis, a condition which results to swollen limbs for people living with Diabetes.
Speaking also, Ndubueze Winners a passionate driver of the campaign who lost his grandmum to the disease, regretted painfully that he had little knowledge and couldn’t get the best at that point in time to help his grandmum who passed through complications associated with the disease.
The Medical Lab scientist, advised people living with Diabetes not to lose hope, stating that, with proper medical attention and management in line with latest medical innovations, there is hope for patients.