Diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose, otherwise known as blood sugar.
In its quest to render premium and free health services to underprivileged Nigerians, Mercy Michael Foundation (MMF) recently organized a free diabetic testing and treatment to residents of Masaka suburb in karu local government Area of Nasarawa state-which developed following the expansion of administrative and economic activities of the Federal capital territory, Abuja.
The outreach which was held at the Primary Health Care Center in Masaka, had over 200 persons in attendance who were diagnosed and given free diabetes drugs.
Speaking to BNEWS on the objective of the outreach, coordinator of Mercy Michael Foundation, Mercy Michael noted that the foundation discovered that diabetes treatment was costly with a lot of people struggling to get treatment, so the idea of the outreach was initiated.
According to Mercy Michael, “diabetes is a slow killer with patients complaining of spending over N35,000 for treatment and its important Nigerians know their status because it will help them to know what to eat and modify their lifestyle”.
She stressed that the outreach would continue for the next six months and doctors will be on the ground to give participants health talk and the need for adherence to their drugs.
She also stated that there should be a mass public health campaign to generate awareness about diabetes. Adding that the foundation is privileged to have a donor who supply them diabetic drugs.
She also hinted that the foundation is calling on all well-meaning individuals and the government to support them so that they can reach out to more people in the rural communities.
According to World Health Organisation, (WHO) Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
The most common is type 2 diabetes, usually in adults, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.
In the past three decades, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in countries of all income levels. Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin by itself.
For people living with diabetes, access to affordable treatment, including insulin, is critical to their survival. There is a globally agreed target to halt the rise in diabetes and obesity by 2025.
Also speaking matron of the Center, Mary Stevens stated that the turnout has been impressive and that there has been positive feedback from the users of the diabetes drugs; noting that none of the patients had complained of complications.
BNEWS gathered from some of the beneficiaries who spoke in Hausa that they have been suffering from the ailment for years and commended MMF for alleviating their plight.
One of the beneficiaries of the free diabetic drugs, Joy Charles, expressed gratitude to MMF for the humanitarian project, which has assisted her husband who is diabetic and in dire need of treatment.
Peter Matthias another participant remarked that MMF is God sent and cautioned Nigerians to go for periodic check-ups. Mercy Michael foundation is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 2017 committed to improving the health, educational and social wellbeing of members of the society. They have organized free health outreach in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, orphanages and in numerous communities in Nigeria.