CBC Health Services joined the international community to commemorate World Diabetes Day 2019, on November 14, on the theme: The Family and Diabetes.
This theme which is the same as last year’s, aims to:
- Raise awareness on the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.
- Also, to promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
The Director of the CBC Health Services Prof. Pius Tih in a speech addressing CBC Health Services staff on World Diabetes Day, enjoined all to be examples by getting themselves and their eligible family members screened to know their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and to ensure those with established disease are on treatment with appropriate follow-up. ‘Our wish is to harness family support to make in-roads in improving health outcomes for persons living with diabetes’. He said.
Persons living with Diabetes of NKwen Baptist Health Centre Diabetes and Hypertension Unit took ownership of their day and participated in exciting interactive games like musical interpretation, aerobic dance, tug of war, line picking, hoop game, drama presentation, a Health Walk, to name a few. They also seized the opportunity to request for a reduction in the cost of diabetes medicines.
Young Cameroonians who are currently undergoing training to be advocates for NCD prevention, by the CBC Health Services, through its NCD Prevention and Control Program, brought a sparkle to the event with the production of a short film on diabetes titled “Sweet Blood” and composed a song & poems on diabetes which were presented at the CBCHS Central Administration morning devotions and to the diabetes clients during the commemoration at the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre, Bamenda.
World Diabetes Day has come and gone but diabetes awareness continues! 232 million people with diabetes are estimated to be undiagnosed. Knowing your risk is the key to prevention and early diagnosis.