Tuesday 8th April , 2014 5:13 pm
A global healthcare company, headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk has established a Diabetic Support Center at the Maamobi General Hospital in Accra.
The Center, a second in Ghana is expected to be a first stop solution to diabetic patients in Maamobi and other areas.
A Senior Vice President at Novo Nordist, Maziar Mike Doustdar told Citi News, Ghana was the fourth country in globally in which the organisation had established centres.
“Ghana is the fourth country after Kenya, Nigeria and India. We asked where the best location is, where we will be able to provide such access,” he said.
He further explained that the main objectives of the centre is to increase awareness of diabetes, screening and early diagnosis which will prevent late complications.
Diabetes is unfortunately increasing on the African continent with close to 20 million people being affected by the disease today.
This can also be attributed to the ageing and expanding population coupled with rapid urbanisation which is associated to unhealthy diet and reduced exercise.
Mike Doustdar therefore urged that everyone plays a proactive role to know their status.
“The biggest problem with diabetes is that it does not start with a symptom. Many diseases show an early symptom which allows you to check with a physician. But you can be living with diabetes for many years without knowing. That is why people have to play a proactive role in finding out if they have it or not.”
He also said his organization was advocating for one hundred percent insurance coverage on diabetes diagnosis and treatment adding that they will not relent until they achieve this.
“We are advocates for 100 per cent insurance coverage for all population in the world, but that is not the reality today. A third of the population in Ghana doesn’t have access to health insurance. We will like to see a situation where after awareness, there should be no barrier for getting the treatment. Until we get there, events and programs like what we are doing should area big support for those in need but cannot afford it,” he stated.
By: Eugenia Tenkorang/citifmonline.com/Ghana