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7m Africans suffer from diabetes — WHO

*As DHS sensitises people on effect of disease

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA—The World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region has estimated that about 7 million people in Africa had diabetes, 11,300 people died of diabetes while 561,600 were permanently disabled and 6458,400 experienced temporary disablement.

WHO also estimated that total number of people with diabetes in Africa in 2006 was 10.4 million, expected to increase to 18.7 million by 2025, adding that chronic diseases will account for more than a quarter of deaths in 2015 and deaths from diabetes will increase by a whopping 42% in the next 10 years.

Presently, WHO estimates that more than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. An estimated 2.9 million people die from diabetes. “The sad case is that 60% to 80% of diabetes cases in Africa go undetected and undiagnosed”.

The Founder and CEO of Diabetes and Hypertension Help Society (DHS), Adanma Odefa presented the WHO data on effect and impact of Diabetes on Africans yesterday at the launching of DHS: Partnership for Young People’s Health Project.

She pointed out that it was as a result of this data that, DHS a non-governmental and non-profit organisation has decided to take the project to young people so as to influence them and educate them on the need to prevent the disease.

She pointed out that the work plan for the campaign, which will spread over a period of six year would gulp not less than N427, 54600 ($2672163).


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