The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation joined hands together with Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital to host World Diabetes Day event on Thursday, 22 November at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital Hall. Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital serves the catchment area of 1,9 million. Mostly diabetic patients present themselves to the hospital with the disease at an advanced stage due to ignorance.
An estimated 2000 (two thousand) citizens attended and participate in the activities of the day. Those in attendance included MEC for Health in KZN – Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo.
World Diabetes Day is observed on the 14th November worldwide, to create awareness about the disease which is now a major health problem. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) approximately 366 million people live with the disease in the world, and this could escalate to 520 million in 20 years with a futher 396 million at high risk. This will further put an untold strain on government’s resources and capacity to provide universal access to health and other social citizen services. Whilst statistics vary, it is worth noting that an estimated 6 million South Africans live with diabetes.
The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year focus on
“Diabetes education and prevention.”
The slogan for the year 2012 was : DIABETES: PROTECT OUR FUTURE.
The focus is primarily on a child as there is a huge escalation in children developing type 2 diabetes