Prof. Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s health minister has recently inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the Diabetes Awareness and Care Project (DAC) in Abuja.
At the inauguration, he said the federal government was committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians and improving diabetes care in the country.
He said: “The Non Communicable Disease Division of the Federal Ministry of Health in Collaboration with the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF), with the support from the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), has embarked on this project, which will first be implemented in two states of the country namely FCT and Imo Sates,” he added .
Adewole said the aim was to increase diabetes awareness and improve the two way referral state between Imo state and the Federal Capital territory.
He emphasized that “the finalization of the National Guideline for prevention and control of diabetes in Nigeria which took place earlier this month is an integral part of this project”
“It is expected that the Guideline will ensure standardized protocol for medical care and patient self – management education to prevent acute complication and reduce the risk of long term complications among Nigerians living with the disease”.
Adewole said that the project was to last for three years- from 2018 to 2021. He also commended the World Diabetes Foundation and Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation for the support and efforts to ensure the project becomes a reality.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, FMOH, Mr. Abdallahi Mashi, who was represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, said that the prevalence of diabetes in Nigeria was increasing with current WHO figures estimates at 3.4 per cent, while local studies carried out by researchers have figures from 3-10 per cent.
This is a step in the right direction and we hope it improves diabetes awareness and gets proper implementation.