‘Equip clin­ics with di­a­betes test­ing equip­ment’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Joyce Mukucha and

THERE is need to en­cour­age girls and women to seek di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment for ail­ments that may pre­vent them from achiev­ing pos­i­tive health out­comes, Harare Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Miriam Chikukwa has said.

Speak­ing dur­ing the World Di­a­betes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in Harare yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter Chikukwa said many women with ges­ta­tional di­a­betes ex­pe­ri­ence preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions, which in­clude high blood pres­sure, large birth weight ba­bies and ob­structed labour.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 175 000 Zim­bab­weans die from di­a­betes mel­li­tus com­pli­ca­tions ev­ery year and sadly, over half of these are women,” she said.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions ran un­der the theme “Women and Di­a­betes - Our Right to a Healthy Fu­ture”.

“Stig­ma­ti­sa­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion faced by peo­ple with di­a­betes is par­tic­u­larly pro­nounced for girls and women to carry a dou­ble bur­den of dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause of their health sta­tus,” said Min­is­ter Chikukwa.

“Di­a­betes is the ninth lead­ing cause of death in women glob­ally, caus­ing 2,1 mil­lion deaths each year, as a re­sult of so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions girls and women with di­a­betes ex­pe­ri­ence in ac­cess­ing cost ef­fec­tive di­a­betes pre­ven­tion, early de­tec­tion, di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and care par­tic­u­larly in devel­op­ing coun­tries.”

Min­is­ter Chikukwa said the Min­istry of Health and Child Care should en­sure that hos­pi­tals and clin­ics are well equipped with di­a­betes test­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

She also said it is im­por­tant to give spe­cial at­ten­tion to di­a­betes to suc­cess­fully meet the goals and the ob­jec­tives of the eco­nomic blueprint Zim­babwe Agenda for Sus­tain­able So­cio-Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion (ZIM-AS­SET).

Zim­babwe Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion (ZDA)’s Dr John Mang­wiro urged women to con­sume food and take con­tra­cep­tives wisely as a way of pre­vent­ing di­a­betes ef­fects.

He said half of the women liv­ing with di­a­betes are not aware of it and it is mostly trig­gered with foods they con­sume and con­tra­cep­tives they take.

“Women are more than men and one in ev­ery 10 women, has got di­a­betes. I urge women and girls to con­sult doc­tors if the con­tra­cep­tives they take suite their health con­di­tions, if they get preg­nant whilst the HBA is high, there are high chances for them to birth to dis­abled chil­dren,” said Dr Mang­wiro.

Dr Mang­wiro said ZDA was in many parts of the coun­try do­ing free test­ing and pro­vid­ing free med­i­ca­tion to the di­a­betic peo­ple.

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