Eye on Diabetes, Keep Diabetes in Control to Prevent Blindness :: World Diabetes Day observed
Date: 14 November 2016
With the theme ‘Eye on Diabetes, keep diabetes in control to prevent blindness’ the World Diabetes Day was observed across the country as elsewhere in the world. It observed countrywide to aware people on healthy lifestyle for better management of all types of diabetes.
To mark the day Diabetic Association of Bangladesh holds a Grand Rally in front of the National Museum. A colorful procession with horse carts and musical performance was also organized. Awareness posters, leaflets, health magazine "KANTI" were published and awareness banners, festoons were displayed at BIRDEM complex and at different part of the city to signify the day.
Free diabetes screening was also organized by BADAS at different city points including in front of the National Museum and Dhanmondi Rabindra Sorobor. NHN and HCDP also organized free diabetic checkup camp at their different centers on this occasion. A question-answer session between selected diabetic patients and specialized physicians was also organized at BIRDEM auditorium.
A Discussion Meeting was held at BIRDEM auditorium highlighting the significance of the day . Health Minister Mohammad Nasim was the chief guest of the discussion. BADAS President Professor AK Azad Khan presided over the meeting. Major General (Rtd) Professor A R Khan, Vice President, BADAS, Muhammad Sayef Uddin, Secretary General, BADAS, Nazmun Nahar, Director General, BIRDEM and Professor Ashraf Sayeed, Head of Ophthalmology, BIRDEM also gave speech in the meeting.
Health Minister said that diabetes is a lifelong disease. Diabetes treatment facilities need to be expanded in rural and disaster-prone areas to ward off further complications caused by the metabolic disorder.
DAB President AK Azad Khan said that diabetes turned epidemic in Bangladesh. But the deadly disease could be prevented fully and could be cured to 70% of the diabetes patients only with health practice.
Secretary General, BADAS Muhammad Sayef Uddin said that diabetes is one of the four biggest non-communicable disease in Bangladesh and 35% of its adult population has pre-diabetes. Change in Life style and dietary habits has led to a gradual increase in the number of diabetic patients. Living a healthy and normal life is possible by controlling this disease.
A motivational programme for the children living with diabetes in BIRDEM hospital at Segun Bagicha was also organized. .
Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute (ICHRI) organized a Heart camp while Ibrahim Medical College organized a seminar and Health camp to observe the day. NHN, BIHS and HCDP also organized colorful processions and separate rallied at different places of the city.