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Effia Nkwanta organizes free mass diabetes screening as part of 2020 diabetes month

Effia Nkwanta

Residents of the Western Region have benefited from a free mass type-2 diabetes screening exercise organized by the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital on Saturday, 21st November 2020.

The exercise which is part of the hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibilities offered the general public the privilege of early detection and advice for treatment of the disease. Nurses were stationed at the Sekondi Lorry Station in Komfoase and the Aunty Lilly Maternity Home on Maxwell Road Sekondi to attend to members of the public.

The participants were taken through counseling and other medical examinations. Screening is recommended for individuals with a higher risk of developing the disease. Principal Nursing officer at the Diabetes Center, Rose Adinyira tells the media unhealthy eating habits are a contributory factor to the increase in diabetes cases. She says eating low-sugar and fat-based diets and engaging in regular physical exercises can delay the onset and progression of type-2 diabetes.

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The anti-diabetic medicine metformin has also been shown to delay the onset of diabetes. Prevention also includes detecting and treating the associated complications of diabetes such as kidney damage or heart problems.

Madam Rose Adinyira says the disease is on the increase globally, especially in middle and low-income countries like Ghana. She warned that diabetes can affect almost every part of the body and cause a lot of harm and encouraged the general public to seek information about the disease. She therefore urged the public to seek early detection and treatment.