President Arif Alvi talks about the silent killer, diabetes, and focuses on how important it is to manage this health condition with a healthy lifestyle.
On Tuesday, the President raised this health concern in a ceremony. He urges the prevention and better management of diabetes with some natural lifestyle choices. These healthy ways include weight control, avoiding overeating, regular exercise, diet spread, etc.
Many health professionals attended the ceremony, along with the Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Jakob Linulf, Vice Chancellor of Health Services Academy, and Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan.
The President Arif Alvi also shared his concern regarding the high prevalence of diabetes in the country. He shared that being the third largest country in terms of diabetes prevalence, 400,000 people have died due to diabetes, and over 33 million were diabetic.
President also highlights the campaign about spreading awareness of diabetes through conventional and social media coupled with organizing symposiums, workshops, and conferences, by making IT interventions, including web-based, cell phone-based applications, call and text messages, and WhatsApp.
He also said that the “progress and prosperity of the nation hinged upon the quality of its human resources which was only possible when the nation was educated and healthy”.
President also shared that “prevention and optimal management of diabetes could lower the risk of disease as well, and in the worst-case scenario diabetes could cause blindness, amputations of affected parts, kidney failure, heart attack, depression, and in some cases suicide”.
He further added, “People should adopt a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet for the effective management of their blood sugar and for overall better health to save our tomorrow. Being a nation with limited financial and economic resources, we could not afford the curative treatment, which was very expensive, and secondly, we did not have enough healthy facilities and trained human resources to provide curative treatments to all the patients”.
Jakob Lunulf, Ambassador of Denmark stated “diabetes was a very critical health challenge, and we needed to change our lifestyle to tackle it. Denmark would always support and share its experience with Pakistan concerning the disease”.