The department of health, in partnership with the Bongi Ngema-Zuma (BNZ) Foundation, hosted a World Diabetes Day event with a wide range of activities to create awareness about this illness and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The event took place on November 9 at the Mabunda Administration Complex in KaNgove, Giyani.
Since its inception in 2010 by the First Lady of the South Africa, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, the BNZ Foundation has strived to live up to its vision of seeing a South Africa where diabetes ceases to be a killer purely due to a lack of awareness.
The foundation does this by assuming relevant public platforms to educate and create much needed awareness around this disease.
World Diabetes Day is observed every year around the world on November 14 to create awareness concerning a disease that has taken centre stage in many countries and claimed many lives.
The BNZ Foundation has strategically partnered with the department of health in an effort to assist government in raising awareness about this killer disease.
At least 5000 people attended and participated in the awareness campaign and the 5km health walk.
The deputy minister for health, Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa, led by example and participated in the whole range of activities that was part of the awareness creation programme.
“Diabetes is a major health problem in South Africa. It has been singled out as a disease that requires priority attention.
“As department of health, we can’t do this alone and are therefore very happy that we have partnered with the BNZ Foundation and other significant stakeholders in the fight against diabetes,” said Ramokgopha.
Rural communities are as affected by this illness and other related diseases as urban ones. This reality has strengthened efforts by partners and prompted Hosi Penny Ngove, chief of the Ngove Royal Institute to rally behind this vision by endorsing the idea to host and partake in this commemoration.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF):
• 366 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide;
• In South Africa, there is an estimated number of 6,5 million people living with diabetes;
• Four million deaths worldwide can be attributed to diabetes every year;
• One million diabetes-related amputations occur worldwide every year, and
• every eight seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies due to diabetes related complications.