A real public health problem affecting more than half a billion people in the world, diabetes has been at the heart of a vast awareness campaign and free screening in general hospitals in Pointe Noire, including that of Ngoyo. Alain Serge BIKINDOU, the general manager of this health facility setting the scene, specified that “461 million people are suffering from diabetes, many present with complications and others even die of this pathology. »
Continuing his intervention, the Director General of the General Hospital of Ngoyo was able to fix the audience on the behavior to be observed: “With good therapeutic education, with good care, we no longer die of diabetes. We age with our diabetes, we live with our diabetes. This is why the Ngoyo General Hospital has set itself the task of hosting this thematic day for the well-being of the populations. »
Other presentations have been made on this silent killer. Endocrinologists and general practitioners have shed light on the causes, the consequences and even the complications that affect more than 150,000 people with this disease in Congo Brazzaville.
For Ben Dorel KYABAAMBU NKENDA, endocrinologist-diabetologist at the Ngoyo General Hospital “This day is very important for us, endocrinologists and medical specialists, insofar as it allows us to raise awareness about this pathology which sometimes seems to be ignored. » Could he support before presenting the situation and the position of the general hospital of Ngoyo on this disease: « Here at the general hospital of Ngoyo it sometimes happens that at least one out of two patients hospitalized is diabetic. This means that it is a pathology that is frequent in this district. »
Doctor Ben Dorel KYABAAMBU NKENDA did not fail to make an exhortation to the general public: “For those who are still unaware of the disease, I will invite them to be screened in the appropriate centers, by taking a small blood sugar test on an empty stomach on morning. And for those who know their status, to take charge of their pathology. Because diabetes is a silent disease. »
The information made available to the audience gave rise to exchanges and testimonies, which, at the end, enabled the guests to understand the reality of the disease of diabetes. Monica BIBISSI participating in this thematic day could react: “dealing with an 8-year-old child who is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, who is entitled to three insulins, so three doses a day, it’s complicated, especially since the vial of insulin is at 8500francs/CFA. “Could she hammer before giving the alert” You necessarily have a loved one in your family who suffers from this disease, what are you waiting for to act. It simply means that in this room we are all actors. »
A word on International Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community with one voice to mobilize and raise awareness about diabetes, inviting individuals and communities to bring the diabetes epidemic to the fore.
Every year, the international community celebrates World Diabetes Day on November 14 to raise awareness of the growing burden of this disease and the strategies that must be implemented to prevent and respond to the threat it poses. .
The theme for this year’s edition is “Access to Diabetes Care”, just like last year, and as planned in 2023, which highlights the importance of prevention and response efforts. .
The statistics available on diabetes in Africa bear witness to the magnitude of the challenge. Indeed, 24 million adults are currently living with diabetes and this number is estimated to increase by 129% to 55 million adults by 2045. Diabetes mellitus has caused 416,000 deaths on the continent in the past year and is expected to become one of the leading causes of death in Africa by 2030.
Importantly, diabetes is the single leading non-communicable disease for which the risk of premature death is increasing rather than decreasing.
Known risk factors include family history and age, as well as modifiable risk factors such as overweight and obesity, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diet, smoking, and drug use. harmful alcohol. Unfortunately, these modifiable risk factors are on the rise in all countries of the WHO African Region.
And the general hospital of Ngoyo, as part of the dynamics of its rapprochement with the populations, thanks to this day, wanted to make its contribution to the fight against this pathology. An initiative that he intends to perpetuate for the well-being of the populations.
It should be noted that Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, in her words on the occasion of this day, addressing Africans to reiterate the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, coupled with regular physical activity, non-smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and moderate alcohol consumption. These are practices that will protect people against type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.