NO fewer than three million people are now living with diabetes in Nigerian .
Professor Alebiosu Olutayo, Strategies for Improving Diabetes Care in Nigeria [SIDCAIN] stated this in a seminar organised tagged 'Journalists Action Against Diabetes [JAAD]' for journalists in Oyo State at the Press Centre of the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Professor Alebiosu Olutayo said the number of the cases of this non-communicable disease had increased too quickly for the health system in this country to adapt
.According to him , Many people are living with the condition unaware of the seriousness of the disease and its consequencesas those diagnosed are often poorly managed due to lack of resources or because the health care professionals who care for them have poor knowledge about diabetes and how to provide good care
The Coordinator who is of the Osun State University , Osogbo said apart from the distribution of the leaflet , hundred thousands of people had been and would still be screened for diabetes at various clinics and screening camps.
He was of the belief that by the time each of the designated clinics screens 2000 people quarterly , , not less than 800000 people would have been done with during the project period in the next few months .
The medical expert who came in company of other medical gurus , pointed out that from the recent development in the fight against the disease [diabetes] , many developing countries of the world are experiencing a rapid urbanisation and Nigeria is no exception