The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor has urged residents of Cross River State and beyond to go for regular medical check ups, modify their lifestyle and also called on policymakers to increase access to diabetes education and treatment to help improve the lives of the more than half a billion people living with diabetes.
Senator Onor reassured Cross Riverians of his total commitment, dedication and devotion to raising more awareness and instituting effective measures to help curb diabetes.
Sen. Onor said miillions of people with diabetes around the world do not have access to diabetes care even in the hinterlands in Cross River State.
Sen. Onor said:
“People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.
“Governments needs to increase investment in diabetes care and prevention.”
He also encouraged Cross Riverians to attend their appointments, have regular check ups, take medications as prescribed and seek advice on lifestyle modification as preventive measures against the complications of diabetes, as this is the best way to beat the vast of complications.
Also speaking, the DG, Health Professionals for Sandy, Dr Ogar Emmanuel Idoko said The rising number of people affected by diabetes is putting added strain on healthcare systems.
Dr Idoko called on healthcare professionals to improve their knowledge base on diagnosis of the condition and provide the best possible care; adding that people living with diabetes need access to ongoing education to understand their condition and carry out the daily self-care essential to staying healthy and avoiding complications.
Furthermore, he said regular physical activity is an important part of diabetes management and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
“Education to protect tomorrow is the theme for this year World Diabetes Day campaign. The activities will focus on highlighting the need for better access to quality diabetes education for health professionals and people living with diabetes.
“Exercising is very important. Whether indoors or outdoors, every step counts to help stay healthy”.
He said Sen. Onor is committed to facilitating learning opportunities for all people concerned by diabetes, that plans are on ground to launch a new online platform providing free interactive courses to help people with diabetes and their carers to understand and manage their condition.
Continuing, Dr Idoko said:
“Cross Riverians should join the Global Diabetes walk, take to the streets to raise awareness on the impact of diabetes and the importance of physical activity. If outdoor activities in your community are restricted, walk or exercise in your home or workplace and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join in.
“This awareness campaign serves as a timely reminder to the Nigerian government at all levels and relevant stakeholders on the urgent need to institute modalities to tackle this major challenge.
“This can clearly be done through measures like; improving health care financing, providing adequate facilities for the prevention and management of citizens living with diabetes and employment of health care personnel all over Cross River State, including the remote areas which will help take the edge off citizens living with diabetes.”