Senanga General Hospital Medical Superintendent Jack Chibaka has called on the community members to help fight increasing levels of Diabetes in the district by going for routine checkups at heath centers.
Dr. Chibaka said Diabetes is a non-communicable disease but is currently gaining momentum as most people do not monitor their eating habits especially when it comes to avoiding foods that cause the disease.He said routine checks on sugar levels will help reduce the vice and that negligence over the disease can cause health complications.
The Medical Superintendent said exercises and controlling body weights is another way of preventing the disease noting that, it’s everyone’s responsibility to help fight it.Dr. Chibaka further called on people to utilise the health facilities in accessing health services as they are free.
And Member of Zambia Diabetes Association, Mutinta Nzima said diabetes is not contagious but that it can be passed on in the family.Ms. Nzima stated that people should avoid eating food that has excess fats in order to protect their health.
Meanwhile, a Diabetic Patient, Kambindama Samende urged other community members to e ensure that they conduct regular checkups and those found with the disease should follow all medical advice from health personnel in order to live long.Mr. Samemnde said he has been leaving with diabetes for over 15 years and that, this has been possible by taking medication and observing necessary healthy behaviors.
National Diabetes Association Senanga Branch in partnership with Senanga General Hospital is conducting diabetes awareness week and checkups.