The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged its continued commitment to providing technical support for the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the prevention and control of diabetes, reports said on Thursday (7 April). WHO made the pledge during celebrations marking World Health Day held under the theme: ‘Prevention and Control of Diabetes’.
Speaking Thursday at Liberia’s Ministry of Information press briefing, the WHO Representative to Liberia Alex Gasasira alarmed that diabetes has risen from four million to 25 million within the African region.
He attributed the sharp rise to rapid uncontrolled urbanisation, globalisation and major changes in lifestyle with a resultant increase in the prevalence of the lifestyle risk factors.
According to Gasasira, unhealthy diets, lack of physical exercise, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, obesity and overweight are some of the factors that could contribute to the two types of diabetes which he named as Diabetes One and Diabetes Two.
He explained that Diabetes One is characterised by insufficient insulin production in the body which requires daily injection of insulin, while Diabetes Two results from ineffective use of insulin in the body.
‘Therefore as we commemorate World Health Day, I urge all governments to implement the globally agreed actions to prevent and control diabetes, most especially with the global increase from 108 to 422 million in 2014,’ he warned.
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the WHO.
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as World Health Day.
He explained that the disease can be prevented by maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, eating healthy diets that include sufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables and avoiding alcohol consumption and use of tobacco.
This story was sourced from the Star Africa website.