Government Policy

World Diabetes Day tomorrow

DHAKA The World Diabetes Day will be observed

tomorrow in the country as elsewhere in the world in a befitting manner to

make the people aware about diabetes.

This year's theme of the day is Come, keep our family Diabetes free.

On the eve of the World Diabetes Day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all concerned to work

together for creating awareness among the people about diabetes.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the number of diabetic

patients is increasing in Bangladesh like other countries of the world

because of changes in lifestyle and food habit and lack of physical labour.

According to the specialists, the number of diabetic patients is also

increasing due to unplanned pregnancy, the President said, adding As a

result, diabetes has emerged as a concern for about each family in Bangladesh

like other countries across the globe.

So, I think this year's theme of the Day is a time befitting one, he


The President stressed the need for creating awareness to prevent

diabetes and called upon Bangladesh Diabetic Association, other private

organizations, civil society and media to come forward in this regard.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League

government is implementing a pro-people health policy to ensure the health

care services for the countrymen.

We have set up new medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges,

nursing institutes, medical assistant training schools and health technology

institutes across the country, she said, adding that healthcare services and

the number of beds in the general and specialized hospitals were also

increased in a large scale.

To reach healthcare services to the doorstep of the rural people, about

18,500 community clinics and union healthcare centers were set up across the

country, the primer said, adding that 30 types of medicines are being given

to the people free of cost.

Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladesh Diabetic Association is implanting

various programmes on preventing diabetes and creating awareness on this

disease. The association has launched service centers across the country,

including the capital to provide free medical checkups to pregnant mothers,

she added.

Both the President and Prime Minister wished all the day's programmes a


Diabetics Association of Bangladesh and other organizations arranged

different programmes to mark the Day.

According to the latest International Diabetes Federation (IDF) figures,

there are currently 425 million people living with diabetes and the total is

expected to rise to 629 million by 2045.

Some 75 percent of people with diabetes live in low and middle-income

countries and half of people living with diabetes are undiagnosed.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)