25 Feb 2017 11:10am
OSHAKATI, 25 FEB (NAMPA) - Oshakati Town Council Mayor Angelus Iiyambo has pledged to financially support the Diabetes Association of Namibia (DAN).
I wholeheartedly join this association and promise to do whatever is possible in order to ensure that the word is spread across widely, because this illness is real, Iiyambo said.
He was speaking at a one-day diabetes awareness campaign held at Oshakati by DAN on Wednesday.
The campaign is aimed at teaching, educating and sharing concerns of the disease as well as the importance of being part of the association.
DAN is a non-profit association established in 2005 in order to ensure the above mentioned responsibilities are fulfilled.
During the campaign, the mayor commended DAN for educating and directing people both infected and affected by the disease.
Even though World Diabetes Day is commemorated on 14 November every year, I would like to see more of these awareness campaigns all year long so that our people are well informed at all times, Iiyambo said.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) global report on diabetes, published in April 2016, close to 220 million people worldwide are currently suffering from diabetes and that this number could double by 2030 if effective interventions are not undertaken.
The mayor referred to the disease as a silent killer and urged people to continue taking good care of their health.
We should continue to build on what we have achieved in creating local and regional awareness of diabetes and strengthening individuals and community action through empowerment in order to prevent the disease and its main life and health threatening complications.
He further urged local authorities as well as health officials to use all the necessary and appropriate means of communication to improve the awareness of diabetes in Namibia.
Diabetes patients, people at high risk of the disease as well as the general public, should improve their knowledge on the illness and how best to manage its effects, Iiyambo noted.