Kano State Government has urged health professionals to give special care in the treatment of diabetic patients.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, made the call at a press briefing on Monday to commemorate the 2020 World Diabetics Day.
Solacebase reports that the theme for the World Diabetes Day 2020 which is celebrated 14th of November annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) is: “The Nurse and Diabetes,” which aimed at raising awareness on the crucial role that Nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.
The Commissioner described diabetes as a disease that deserved more attention in Kano, saying one out of every 10 people worldwide lived with the disease unknowingly.
According to him, 70 per cent of estimated four million people living with diabetes in Nigeria are unaware of their status, adding that the disease is a major cause of blindness, heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
He added that the commitment to guarantee affordable and accessible healthcare delivery in the state is not negotiable.
Dr Tsayawa advised that diabetes can be prevented by maintaining a regular medical examination, living a healthy lifestyle, including avoiding sugary drinks, processed foods, tobacco, alcohol, and regular exercise.