Nigerian researchers have raised the alarm saying there is an increase in the country’s population suffering from diabetes.
The researchers who lamented the situation spoke at a three-day Diabetes Awareness Workshop with the theme, “Bringing Research In Diabetes To Global Environment and Systems (BRIDGES)” held at Novena University, Ogume, Delta State, a workshop put together by the university in collaboration with International Diabetes Foundation and Global Medical Research and Development Organisation, GMRDO.
One of the lead presenters, Mr Otovwe Agofure said: “We did we get 25.46% of people having diabetes in Ughelli alone, that is to tell you the degree of prevalence in Nigeria. Some people may not know that they have diabetes until they collapse or have stroke because, it goes with hypertension.”
In their own remarks, Coordinator of the programme, Prof. Eunice Igumbor and Prof. Ifeoma Ulasi stressed the need for participants at the workshop to carry out massive campaign on awareness, food options and physical activities.