Pakistan has seven million diabetic patients: moot told


LARKANA: Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU), Larkana, is observing Diabetes Week from 9-14 November to make awareness among the general population about this disease. In this connection, medical experts Prof Hakim Ali Abro, Head of Department of Medical Unit-I, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana; Associate Professors of Medicine Dr Bashir Ahmed Shaikh; and Dr. Azizullah Jalbani told Reporters here on Wednesday during a briefing that diabetes means reduction of glucose and sugar in the blood.

Prof Hakim Abro said that presently there are 24 million diabetic patients in the world and in Pakistan, their number is about seven million. He said that if no proper measures are adopted, then this number will increase in 10 years by 2025 to 38 million world over and in Pakistan, it will increase to 14 million which shows that this disease will spread very fast if not controlled.

He said that after every 10 seconds, three people are infected with this disease around the world. China is on the top of the list at the moment and Pakistan is at number seven internationally and if the situation remains unchanged, Pakistan will come at number four by 2025, Prof. Abro warned.

He said root cause of many other diseases is also diabetes, adding that diabetes patients’ kidneys, eyes and from foot to the nails every part of the body is affected. Prof Hakim said that it is the first time in Pakistan that a week is being observed for raising awareness about the diabetes in which 23 awareness lectures will be delivered at various educational institutions of Larkana division including colleges, schools and public place.

“Two of such lectures have already been given each at Shikarpur, Naundero and Ratodero, and on Wednesday, the same will be delivered at Kambar-Shahdadkot, Thursday at Dokri taluka and on Friday, lecture will be delivered in Larkana. Free test of about 3000 participants will also be carried out.

Prof Abro further said that on November 14, an awareness walk will be held followed by a seminar at ZA Bhutto Auditorium Hall which will be addressed by senior professors.

Dr. Bashir Shaikh said that there are four kinds of diabetes, the first is detected through gluco-metre and the affected patient has to control it without any medication through walk and balanced food. Second is viral diabetes which was previously detected among the patients who were 40 years old but nowadays it is found in patients of 30-year age. He said third is aged people and the fourth kind is of those pregnant diabetic women who deliver baby in seven months and chances are that the baby may also infect with this disease.

Dr. Shaikh further said that the symptoms of this disease are more urine and hunger which can be controlled through balanced food and proper exercise. He further said that 14% and 11% of the population of Larkana and Shikarpur is suffering from this disease at the moment.

Dr. Azizullah Jalbani said that since 2010, diabetic OPD is working on every Thursday separately in Chandka Hospital where 4000 patients have so far been registered and 300 to 350 patients are tested weekly with provision of free medicines to them. He revealed that 100 affected children are also being given free Insulin. He said very soon a diabetic ward will be established in Chandka Hospital which will be second ward after Karachi in Sindh and OPD will also then run on daily basis.