‘Many diabetics lack basic information’
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