Nearly 500,000 peo­ple suf­fer from di­a­betes in Magwe

The Myanmar Times - - News -

Nearly 13 per­cent of Magwe res­i­dents are liv­ing with di­a­betes, ac­cord­ing to a dis­ease spe­cial­ist.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic health aware­ness fo­rum at Magwe City Hall ear­lier this month, pro­fes­sor U Tint Swe Latt said that the rate of di­a­betes in the re­gion was more than the na­tional av­er­age.

“In Magwe Re­gion, 12.6pc of the pop­u­la­tion suf­fers from di­a­betes, whereas na­tion­ally, the av­er­age is 10.5pc,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2014 cen­sus, there are al­most 4 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in Magwe Re­gion.

Pro­fes­sor Tint Swe Latt’s fig­ures are drawn from a study con­ducted in 201314 by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Health. The study ex­am­ined the preva­lence of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in Myan­mar.

De­spite the high fig­ures in Magwe, the re­gion has the fourth-high­est rate of di­a­betes in the coun­try. In Yan­gon, it is es­ti­mated that as much as 18.2pc

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