By Gid Ahanonu
Imo State Chapter of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) joined their counterparts the world over to celebrate the 2015 world diabetes day last week.
The event which took place at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Royce Road Owerri featured among others talk shows, rally, road walk.
The highpoint of the event also included, free Medical Screening, lectures and paper presentations.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Engr. Chime Nzeribe called on the people to go for periodic screening for diabetes, which he described as deadly if not treated in time.
He noted that diabetic patients can live up to 90 years if they manage the condition well by moderating their diet and keeping to doctor’s prescriptions, adding that those who ignore screening management and treatment are prone to blindness, amputation, heart attack and premature death.
Engr,. Nzeribe then expressed gratitude to the organizers for their love of mankind through the exercise.
Addressing the participants also, the president, DAN, Professor Sonny Chinenye described diabetes as a chronic, multi-systematic disease that has become a world-wide pandemic, affecting all people both rich and poor, adding that it is caused by deficient insulin and resistance to insulin action, noting that untreated diabetes results in heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage, impotence and other diseases.
The president who was represented by the Imo State Chairman of DAN, Dr R.N. Oputa also disclosed that their association is a voluntary non-political, non-religious and non-profit making organization hence it promotes health and socio-economic well being of Nigerians living with diabetes.
Professor Chinenye then called on government to ensure a comprehensive health care delivery for diabetic patients.
The event which was co-sponsored by Alphabetic + Pharmacy Ltd, Rotary Club and Diabetic Care Inter-national, saw some food experts presenting papers, including Mrs Henrietta Madu who counseled people to eat more of local food and avoid food and drinks with much sugar.