The North West Diabetes Association branch president, Peter Sama Saleh, has asked for free treatment for diabetics in Cameroon. He made the request on November 14 in Bamenda during activities that marked the 2012 World Diabetes Day.
Apart from the financial hardship diabetics face, Cameroon needs more clinics to cater for diabetics and to have health professionals’ skills improved, Cameroon Diabetic Association President, Dr. Nkwenti Davidson Achu said.
Diabetes prevalence is high in the North West Region. Fifty-six (56) children- 36 in the Bamenda Regional Hospital and 20 in the Banso Baptist Hospital diabetic centers, have been diagnosed with the disease, Dr. Nkwenti noted. The situation is even more scary at the national level where 270 children have been diagnosed with the disease with many dying annually from late detection.
Globally, 366 million people are suffering from diabetes with an estimated 3800 children below 14 trapped by type 1 or inherited diabetes.
To scale down diabetes in Cameroon, Dr. Nkwenti said the Ministry of Public Health must reinforce Cameroon’s diabetes awareness strategies and support associations fighting against the disease. This is imperative as 183 million people globally are unaware they have the disease.
The Cameroon Diabetic Association President donated gifts of glucose metres to the Diabetics Club of the Bali Cameroon Christian University to encourage its students take interest in a field most medics in Cameroon have neglected.
Jacob Fomaze of Mbingo Baptist Hospital also received an award as the best diabetes map facilitator, while Dr. Ndiforchu Victor was knighted with the UN diabetic award as an advocate for diabetics in the North West Region.
Diabetes is hereditary and is also caused by excessive alcohol intake and indiscriminate eating habits, North West Regional Delegate for Public Health, Dr. Ndiforchu Victor said. The 2012 World Diabetes Day was commemorated under the theme, “The Right of Education to All, Protect Our Future,” and it convened over 50 diabetics from different associations across the North West region.
An awareness raising walk from the City Chemist Roundabout to the North Regional Delegation of Public Health, was also a key event.
Insulin, the drug Diabetics use, sells in public hospitals at a government subsidised price of FCFA 3000 and at FCFA 14,500 in private pharmacies. This reduced price, however, does not augur well with diabetics in the North West Region who are yearning for a zero franc price tag.