By Ireen Kayira
Lions Club of Capital City (LCCC) has said there is need for more stakeholders to join hands in the fight against diabetes.
This was said in Lilongwe during the LCCC sight testing and diabetes screening and awareness exercise that was held at Malikha Primary School in partnership with Canadian Vision Care.
Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Saturday LCCC President Pierre Mbisa said recently there has been an alarming rate of people with diabetes hence the need for people to be aware of the disease.
He said LCCC decided to do the exercise at Malikha community because it is one of the remote areas where people do not have access to information on diabetes and other diseases or hardly go to hospitals for screening.
“If more stakeholders can come in, the fight will be easy because even people in rural areas will have information on the disease and if screening like this one can frequently be done diagnosis will be done early as well as treatment,” he said.
Village headman for Malikha village Rodgers Julius said screening exercises are very essential more especially in rural areas.
He said diabetes and sight problems has affected his area as such coming in of stakeholders like lions will help to rift up the problems of diabetes and sight.
“We used to have doctors from Nkhoma Mission Hospital for sight testing but it takes months for them to come so the coming in of LCCC will assist the community a lot,” he said.
The Malawi Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries Poverty Commission report released in 2018 indicated that diabetes accounts for 2.4 percent of NCDs daily burden.
The report indicated that the prevalence rate of diabetes is 1.9 of the total population and contributes to 1.3 percent of all deaths in the country.