DHAKA: The World Diabetes Day is being observed on Thursday (Nov 14) in the country as elsewhere in the world in a befitting manner to make the people aware about disease.
This year’s theme of the day is “Come, keep our family Diabetes free.”
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all concerned to work together for creating awareness among the people about diabetes.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said the number of diabetic patients is increasing in Bangladesh like other countries of the world because of changes in lifestyle and food habit and lack of physical labour.
He stressed the need for creating awareness to prevent diabetes and called upon Bangladesh Diabetic Association, other private organizations, civil society and media to come forward in this regard.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League government is implementing a pro-people health policy to ensure the health care services for the countrymen.
Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladesh Diabetic Association is implanting various programmes on preventing diabetes and creating awareness on this disease. The association has launched service centers across the country, including the capital to provide free medical checkups to pregnant mothers, she added.
Diabetics Association of Bangladesh and other organizations have chalked out different programmes to mark the Day.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), there are currently 425 million people living with diabetes and the total is expected to rise to 629 million by 2045.
Some 75 percent of people with diabetes live in low – and middle-income countries and half of people living with diabetes are undiagnosed.
A lack of knowledge about diabetes means that spotting the warning signs is not just a problem for parents, but is an issue impacting a cross-section of society. This is a major concern, due to the signs being milder in type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the condition, responsible for around 90% of all diabetes. One in two people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed. The vast majority of these have type 2 diabetes.
Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications. These include blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.
BDST: 1321 HRS, NOV 14, 2019