In a bid to address the rising cases of Diabetes and strengthen Care for Diabetic patients, the federal government has inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the Diabetes Awareness and Care Project (DAC) in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole while inaugurating the committee in Abuja noted that the Federal Government is committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians and improving diabetes care in Nigeria.
According to a statement made available to newsmen and signed by the Director Media and Public Relations of the federal Ministry of health Boade Akinola, Adewole informed that ‘’ the Non- Communicable Disease Division of the FMOH in Collaboration with the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) and with the support of the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), has embarked on this project ,which will first be implemented in two states of the country namely FCT and Imo Sates,’’ he added .
Professor Adewole stressed that the aim of the project is to increase diabetes awareness, improve access to care and strengthen two way referral systems for Diabeties in Imo and FCT.
He pointed that ‘’ the finalization of the National Guideline for prevention and control of diabetes in Nigeria which took place earlier this month is an integral part of this project. It is expected that the Guideline will ensure standardized protocol for medical care and patient self – management education to prevent acute complication and reduce the risk of long term complications among Nigerians living with the disease’’.
To this end, the Minister said that the Main Objectives of the project among other also include are, to improve information available for institution of an informed interventions for Diabetes and to improve access to Diabetes care through training of 220 Health care workers at PHC Level and screening of at least 30,000 individuals per state for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Imo and FCT to improve case findings for Diabetes.
Adewole emphasized that the project will last for 3 years(2018-2021) , adding that part of the terms of implementing the project is for the Constitution of the project to provide both oversight and guidelines as well as ensuring the terms of the implementation are adhered to.