Lahore—In order to create awareness and to prepare a strategy to fight diabetes in Punjab, the Government of Punjab and Novo Nordisk signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to hold ‘Punjab Diabetes Forum’, here in Lahore. The signing was done by Secretary for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education, Mr Najam Ahmed Shah and country head of Danish Pharmaceutical Company, Novo Nordisk. The Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole Thonke also attended the ceremony. This MoU signing is an important milestone in joint collaboration and efforts of Government of Punjab and Government of Denmark for the prevention and control of diabetes in Pakistan, as Punjab shares half of the country’s population and a huge number of health managers dealing with diabetes.
On this occasion, Secretary for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education, Mr Najam Ahmed Shah stated “Only knowing about Diabetes is not enough; prevention by changing one’s lifestyle and diabetes management with a strong willpower are critical. We are the seventh largest country in terms of Diabetes, this is time to take this problem head on.”
According to the recent statistics by International Diabetes Federation (IDF), around 400 million people suffer from diabetes around the world; by 2035 this will rise almost 600 million, unless serious actions and procedures are taken. Diabetes is a growing non-communicable disease in Pakistan. It is roughly estimated that about 7 million people in Pakistan live with diabetes, and half of them may not even know it. It is predicted that by 2035, the number of people with diabetes will nearly double to 12.8 million.