Monologues of a Diabetic (Series 1)

Posted by The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community on August 12, 2015 under Information, NGDOC News, Society | Be the First to Comment

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I am Olayeye Olumuyiwa Ayokunle. I am a DIABETIC living in Lagos State, Nigeria. I am in my early 40’s &  i run a small business.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in my early 20’s. That means i have been managing diabetes for almost 20 years now.

I am married & have a 2 year old daughter. (She is my world) These are my monologues from a diabetic point of view.
Hopefully, you will learn one or two things & also keep you entertained.

Before i go into my monologues, permit me to blow your mind a bit with this question: How many people have diabetes in Nigeria? “. 

Now as a Nigerian, our data gathering techniques or process is not top notch but from the one I could gather from the World Health Organization people living with diabetes in Nigeria are estimated to be 1,707,000. i.e  One million, seven hundred & seven thousand people & by 2030 it is expected to rise to 4,835,000 i.e Four million Eight hundred & thirty five thousand people.

As observed this is exponential!
Now that is the known people.

(The International Diabetes Federation latest figure on Nigeria (3.9 million diagnosed and about undiagnosed 1.8 million cases) can be found here)

In Africa, especially Nigeria, people seldom share their health challenges except when absolutely necessary.

And why is this? Obviously the stigma… I was a victim of this too.
My diabetic status was not something i was willing to let anyone know. It was a closely guarded secret.

So back to our statistics, a lot of people are living with diabetes, they don’t tell, they simply keep mum.

Some are diabetic, they just don’t care as long as they are able to go about their everyday chores.

Some are diabetic & they don’t know yet because Nigeria is a place where a large percentage seldom go for a full medical check up.

An average Nigerian can go for as long as 8 to 9 years without doing a full medical checkup & a large percentage that do, do simply because it was absolutely necessary. 

So putting all these into perspective, i can confidently say the unknown diabetic case in Nigeria is up to one million people. So that is to say about 2.5 million people are living with diabetes in Nigeria.

A whooping 2.5 million in Nigeria are diabetics.

Stay tuned… To be continued.

The monologues of a diabetic is a series by Mr Muyiwa Olayeye and he can be reached on muyiwaolayeye@yahoo.com  or jesuoseunti@gmail.com

Disclaimer: Views expressed are solely the author’s.

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