Fighting diabetes under the spotlight

By Jerold Sasa

LACK of information has been described as the biggest threat in the fight against diabetes in rural communities in Zimbabwe.

With diabetes emerging as one of the biggest killers globally, a locally-based organisation Light of Dawn Foundation, in partnership with the World Health Organisation has come up with a programme to conscientise rural communities on the disease and preventive and management measures.

“We want to engage rural communities so that they know the dangers of diabetes if it not well managed,” said World Health Organisation Representative, Priscilla Mangwiro.

“One of the major reasons why diabetes affects rural communities is that there isn’t much information on the disease and we need to increase that awareness,” noted Tarisayi Chigwedere from the Light of Dawn Foundation.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi, who spoke at an awareness workshop in Wedza this Tuesday, noted that many people suffer from diabetes due to lack of information.

“I have realised that most of our people are suffering from this disease because they do not have information,” she said.

Meanwhile, a free diabetes outreach and awareness programme is slated for Mount St Mary’s Hospital on the 29th of this month.