The Endocrinologist and Provost, Modibbo Adama University, MAU Medical College Yola, Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, Prof Adamu Bakari Girei has said that diabetes is not a disease, it is a condition but is worst devastating than malaria and other major deadly diseases.
The Endocrinologist disclosed this at a sensitisation lecture Sunday, organised by the Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre established NGO in Yola, marking this year’s World Diabetes Day with the theme: “Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When?” Putting across the timely message for diabetes care.
The theme encourages people to be aware of the diabetes mellitus set of metabolic disorders so that they can benefit from the education on disease and treatment, dietary changes, and exercise, with the goal of keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable bounds.
Prof Bakari identified poor and changing lifestyle as the biggest cause of diabetes, which itself, is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.
Increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, irritability and presence of ketones in the urine – a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there is not enough available insulin – are identified as some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
The Endocrinologist explained that healthy diet, taking natural fruitless and vegetables, engaged in physical activity, avoiding soda, tobacco and processed foods could prevent diabetes.
Making an analogy with hunger, a condition that has no cure but only managed by eating whenever one is hungry and taking water whenever one is tasty, the Provost said diabetes is also an incurable condition. It can however be managed and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.
The need to raise awareness about the metabolic disorder and tips on maintaining blood sugar levels are at an all-time high. World Diabetes Day, every year on November 14, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes as a global public health issue and what needs to be done, collectively and individually, for better prevention, diagnosis and management of the condition.
It is based on this consideration that Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre, known for a humanitarian service, as a corporate social responsibility, offered a free of charge diabetes awareness, testing and screening.
Located at No.17 Galadima Aminu Way, Opposite State Polytechnic Yola, Apical Healthcare Diagnostic Centre is aimed at bridging diagnostic gaps in Adamawa. Managed by diagnostic consultants, it offers all the diagnostic services in Haematology, Chemical Pathology, Cytology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Molecular Pathology and Radiology.
Dr. Aminu MC Tahir, the lead organiser of the diabetes awareness, testing and screening, said it is in line with the Apical philosophy of community service as a corporate social responsibility to promote wellness and create health awareness, explaining further that the free screening exercise is part of the awareness of diabetes with a view making people eager to imbibe regular medical checkup.
He noted that a lot of people in the community are not aware that they have diabetes condition. He therefore advised that people should always avail themselves for medical checkup to know their health status and indulge in healthy behavi
Tahir appreciated and commended the media for extending the awareness without prompting, also as a social responsibility.
The free awareness, testing and screening exercise targeted 50 participants.
Responding on behalf of the participants, comrade Mohammed Ismail, publisher the Fact Check online, commended Prof Bakari for stepping the lecture down to the understanding of the cross sections of the participants; saying that they are better informed and are lucky with the results of screening exercise, most of the participants are far from being at risk of diabetes and that those at risk are clinically advised accordingly.
Ismail commended Apical Diagnostic Centre for utilising their hi-tech diagnostic equipment for the free screening exercise, assuring that they would be ambassadors for extending the awareness of diabetes.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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