Diabetes: WHO begs African govts to prioritise investment in essential products
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on November 14, 2022
As Nigeria today joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has appealed to governments of member states to prioritise investment in essential products in the management of the disease such as insulin, glucometers and test strips to ensure equitable access for every diabetic, no matter where on the continent they are.
The WHO also disclosed that 24 million Africans are living with diabetes while a total of 416 million people lost their lives to the disease in 2021.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti who made the appeal in a statement to mark this year’s Day with the theme: “Access to diabetes care”, also urged African governments to adopt and customise the global targets for diabetes, as part of recommendations to strengthen and monitor diabetes responses within their national NCD programmes.