Government Policy

Fight against diabetes called on World Diabetes Day

Insulin maker Novo Nordisk today observed "World Diabetes Day-2016" to aware people on healthy lifestyle for better management of all types of diabetes.

To mark the day, 103 rallies were organised across the country with

different associations affiliated with Bangladesh Diabetic Somiti (BADAS), said a press release here.

As part of the observance, a rally was brought out centrally in front of National Museum by BADAS in association with Novo Nordisk. Country's top health care professionals, people living with diabetes and all employees of Novo Nordisk have participated at the rally.

A motivational programme was organised for the children living with diabetes at BIRDEM Hospital in Segun Bagicha, which is the world's largest clinic for the children.

Professor A K Azad Khan, president of BADAS, said, "The control of diabetes epidemic is a big challenge for us as well as to the public authorities... To control and prevent the growth of diabetes like NCDs, awareness is the main catalyst."

A Rajan Kumar, managing director of Novo Nordisk, said, "Our ultimate aim is to create awareness on diabetes and its symptoms and contribute towards achieving sustainable development goals and to ensure more people can live a life with diabetes free of complications."

This year's slogan of International Diabetes Federation on World Diabetes Day is "eyes on diabetes" while Novo Nordisk's jingle is "know your risk", said Dr Mohammad Saiful, head of marketing of Novo Nordisk.

The cricket icon Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has joined Novo Nordisk with BADAS to change diabetes and to make positive difference for the people living with diabetes.

Bangladesh was entered in top 10 countries in terms of people living with diabetes as 7.1 million people living with diabetes in 2015 from 5.9 million in 2014, according to International Diabetes Federation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)