A cross section of the population of Bamenda has taken part in a commemorative walk as part of activities to mark this year's World Diabetes Day observed every November 14. Walking a distance of about 2km from finance Junction via Nkwen market then Ghana Street, Ngen junction and back to finance as a demonstration of physical exercise as the best option towards diabetes prevention, the participants carried diabetes prevention sensitisation messages on T-shirt and handmade caps.
During a short ceremony that ended the walk and the observance, a message from the Director of CBC Health Services Prof Tih Pius Muffih explained that away from physical exercises, adopting a healthy lifestyle is ideal towards preventing diabetes. "it is the responsibility of each and every one to adopt a healthy lifestyle including improving nutrition, avoiding alcohol misuse and getting screened." Prof Tih said.
Observed with the theme "Women and Diabetes", the Director noted that "women and girls are key agents on the adoption of healthy lifestyles to improve the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. We must act now, and not postpone necessary actions. Up to 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through lifestyle interventions."
Munshwa Zebulon Koshi president of Diabetes Mbingo annexe branch lamented on the lack of education for patients and potential patients and the high cost of drugs as major challenges faced by diabetics.
According to the United Nations, World Diabetes Day comes up every year to raise awareness on diabetes while promoting prevention and control activities. Diabetes it should be noted is one of four major non-communicable diseases, killing at least 1.5million people yearly. With this year’s event paying attention on women, out of 415million people with diabetes globally, 199 million are women implying one in ten women are living with diabetes with many not having access to education, care and treatment.

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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