Danish health team seeks cooperation beyond merely treating diabetes patients

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A Danish delegation comprising Jakob Jakobsen, Charge d’Affaires, Assar Qureshi, Commercial Counselor at the Royal Danish Embassy, Peter Soelberg, Corporate Vice President Novo Nordisk and Rana Azfar Zafar, Country Manager, Novo Nordisk Friday called on Pakistani health officials and stressed mutual cooperation and strategy in treatment and diagnosis of diabetes.
Pakistan health officials included Syed Moazzam Ali, Joint Secretary and Dr Asad Hafeez, Director General at the Ministry of Health Service, Regulations and Coordination. The Danish team sought broader cooperation apart from treatment of diabetes alone. “Novo Nordisk is contributing positively to defend against diabetes challenge in Pakistan. Our collaboration with Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and Coordination, is focused not only in providing the treatment options but also long term goals to change diabetes and ensure a close to normal life for people with diabetes”, said Peter Soelberg.
Novo Nordisk signed an LoU with the Ministry of Health for the development of National Diabetes Action Plan and increasing awareness and education of diabetes in February 2016. Dr Asad Hafeez proposed that Novo Nordisk should explore possibility of signing an additional LoU with the Prime Minister’s National Health Program and provide free insulin to the underprivileged individuals under the scheme. The provision of free medicines, establishing of concessional health centers, and new methodologies for better outreach could also be integrated for further collaboration.
The Danish delegation assured Novo Nordisk would consider positively the request to provide free insulin to Diabetes 1 patients for three years under the scheme. Novo Nordisk Pakistan is in close liaison with the insurance team of the Health Ministry and is already working together on formulating an action plan for implementation. Rana Azfar further added, “Novo Nordisk Pakistan was also effectively reaching out to people with diabetes and helping them to understand their disease and better ways to live a healthy life. At the same time, it was providing diabetes management tools and education to healthcare professionals across Pakistan.”
Under the Diabetes Action Plan, it was also proposed that Novo Nordisk in collaboration with Ministry would work to prepare a curriculum on the awareness, prevention and management of diabetes to be disseminated in universities and schools across Pakistan.

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