islamabad—Pakistan may have eighth highest population of diabetic patients worldwide by 2040 if proper measures for awareness and treatment are not adopted. Such high prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan calls for continued efforts to improve public awareness on diabetes care and treatment, so these alarming figures may be restrained. This was the key message from President Mamnoon Hussain while attending the Diabetes Awareness Walk and Blue-lightening ceremony in commemoration of 25th World Diabetes Day.
The large-scale event, which had more than 3000 people attending from the Government, diplomatic core, civil society, healthcare institutions, academia and media, was held at the Presidency as part of a collaboration withShaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad and Danish pharma company Novo Nordisk Pakistan.
Professor Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad appreciated the support and participation of President Mamnoon Hussain on this important subject. He marked the World Diabetes Day celebration at the Presidency an unprecedented event in the history of Pakistan. Professor Akram stated that with the kind patronage of His Excellency Mr Mamnoon, Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University and President of Pakistan, a clear message was sent to the global Diabetes fraternity of the untiring resolve to combat Diabetes, which remains one of the greatest health dangers in Pakistan.
At the event, President Hussain inaugurated various stalls and exhibitions displaying information desks and material on diabetes and conducted a symbolic diabetes walk with the participants to highlight the importance of exercise. Concluding the event, President switched on the symbolic blue-light surrounding the Presidency.
His Excellency, Mr Ole Thonke, Danish Ambassador to Pakistan appreciated the initiatives by Government of Pakistan, which are crucial in order to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes in Pakistan.