‘Many di­a­bet­ics lack ba­sic in­for­ma­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Paidamoyo Chipunza Harare Bu­reau

MANY Zim­bab­weans liv­ing with di­a­betes lack ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on the disease thus wors­en­ing their con­di­tion, Act­ing Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa said yes­ter­day.

Of­fi­cially launch­ing the Zim­babwe Di­a­betes Association web­site in Harare, he said such a sce­nario re­sulted in high costs to Govern­ment hos­pi­tals treat­ing them.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said there was a need to in­ten­sify aware­ness on di­a­betes pre­ven­tion and man­age­ment through dif­fer­ent plat­forms.

“It has been re­ported that di­a­betes pa­tients of­ten lack suf­fi­cient knowl­edge about the disease and thus fre­quently have poor self-man­age­ment hence we ap­plaud ZDA for this web­site ini­tia­tive as peo­ple can now ac­cess up to date in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion,” he said.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa noted that the Min­istry of Health and Child Care and the ZDA have been car­ry­ing out aware­ness pro­grammes and of­fer­ing free di­a­betes screen­ing, bron­chi­tis, high blood pres­sure and weight checks.

He said the association had man­aged to make di­a­betes treat­ment for all chil­dren free of charge in all public health in­sti­tu­tions.

Treat­ment costs for adults have also fallen be­cause of the ZDA’s con­tri­bu­tion.

“Govern­ment, there­fore, ap­plauds ZDA for such pos­i­tive ef­forts and en­cour­ages the association to con­tinue with its hard work,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

He said as Govern­ment, they were work­ing on en­sur­ing that peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes ac­cess med­i­ca­tion free of charge like any other chronic dis­eases such as tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, HIV and Aids.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Govern­ment was look­ing for part­ners to help source di­a­betes test­ing ma­chines for hos­pi­tals and clin­ics.

“I am con­fi­dent that the web­site will go a long way in en­hanc­ing the pro­vi­sion of in­for­ma­tion on di­a­betes by pe­ri­od­i­cally up­dat­ing the public, espe­cially peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes. To that end, the web­site we are launch­ing to­day has been de­vel­oped to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of all stake­hold­ers and the public on an on-go­ing ba­sis,” he said.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, ICT, Postal and Courier Ser­vices Min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira said a web­site was the sim­plest way of reach­ing out to ma­jor­ity of Zim­bab­weans.

He said Zim­babwe has 105 per­cent mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion, a de­vel­op­ment that must be used to the na­tion’s ad­van­tage.

“With the ad­vent of smart phones, we hope that ma­jor­ity of these peo­ple have ac­cess to in­ter­net,” said Min­is­ter Mandi­wanzira.

He com­mended the ZDA for com­ing up with a web­site.

ZDA pres­i­dent Mr John Mang­wiro said about 10 per­cent of Zim­bab­weans were liv­ing with di­a­betes.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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