Rainbow organises free diabetes screening

Diabetes-CopyAs part of its activities to mark the world diabetes day, and create more awareness on diabetes mellitus, Rainbow Specialist Medical centre ‎ is offering free diabetes screening to the general public throughout the month of November.

A statement by Dr. Afoke Isiavwe, the hospital’s Medical Director, noted that the hospital is offering the free screening in view of recent statistics by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) showing that 1 in every 2 people having diabetes do not know they have the condition.

“Yet, the IDF atlas reveals that one person dies from diabetes every 6 seconds around the world. IDF also estimates that no fewer than 387 million people are currently living with diabetes out of which about 3.9million are Nigerians, the highest in Africa. The Federation also estimates that over 11 million Nigerians are currently undiagnosed.

“This is why we have decided to provide the opportunity for every Nigerian to come forward for the free screening to help reduce unnecessary death from diabetes, in the country,” the statement further noted.

The statement also announced that the hospital will, on November 14, the World Diabetes Day, hold a free diabetes boot camp, focusing on foot care and nutrition in diabetes, at Peninsula Hotel Lekki Epe Express Way between 10am and 12 noon.

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