World Diabetes Day: WHO calls for strengthening primary healthcare

World Health Organisation

Kathmandu, November 14

As the world is celebrating World Diabetes Day on Thursday, the United Nations health agency, the World Health Organisation, has appealed to the governments of Southeast Asian region for strengthening primary healthcare and empowering families.

In a statement issued on the occasion, the WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office in New Delhi says, “As part of the region’s primary healthcare approach to tackling diabetes, families must be empowered to act. Families have an important role in creating awareness of the risks of diabetes, including overweight and obesity.”

The statement adds that the families can also instill healthy habits such as physical activities that help prevent diabetes, including its early onset, which in the region is high. “In addition, family members are often the first to identify diabetes’ signs, symptoms, risks and complications. When complemented by access to quality primary healthcare, families are an important asset in the battle against diabetes.”

Further, the WHO calls the countries in the region to continue and scale up efforts to halt the rise of diabetes by 2025 and beyond.

Published on November 14th, Thursday, 2019 11:32 AM

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