A research conducted by the International Diabetes Foundation, IDF, shows that by the year 2045, 1.32 million Ghanaians will be living with diabetes.
The research also indicates that children with Type-1 diabetes is also increasing, a challenge threatening the life expectancy of young once.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu at the launch of iCARE to diabetes initiative and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, in Accra.
The launch and the signing of the MOU was a collaboration between the Ministry Health and Novo Nordisk of Denmark was aimed at working to improve conditions for care for people with diabetes.
The Minster further pointed out that the IDF estimated that there are 1,200 children with diabetes in Ghana stating that the children need access to quality care and safeguard insulin to have good quality of life.
To this end, he said in recognition of the impact of Non-Communicable Diseases on public health, the Ministry has started initiating activities to tackle diabetes including diabetes in children.
Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu revealed that Non-Communicable Disease policy which is currently with cabinet, prioritizes health promotion, early detection and health system strengthening as well as support to children with diabetes.
He was hopeful that iCARE initiative has the ambition to accelerate access to treatment for patients living with diabetes by leveraging four key areas including; capacity, affordability, reach and empowerment to help patients defeat diabetes.
Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu noted that the Changing Diabetes in Children, CDiC, under the iCARE initiative will play a key role in awareness creation with parents and guardian to ensure appropriate care and early diagnoses with children.
According to him, CDiC seeks to reach about 1,500 children with Type-1 diabetes over the next five years adding that; CDiC will also seek to identify these children to provide them with dedicated care to improve their life expectancy.
Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu reiterated that health professionals will be trained with requisite skills to provide early diagnoses and care saying; insulin for seniors initiative will also seeks to provide holistic diabetes care and safeguard insulin access for seniors from the ages of 60 years, working with 21 hospitals to reach 4,000 elderly people over the next three years.
On his part, the Business Unit Head, English West Africa Novo Nordisk, Jude Abonu who sign on behalf of Novo Nordisk, described the initiative as worthy which will help improve the conditions for care for people with diabetes.
He urged the Ministry of Health to focus more on improving delivery of diabetes care to children and adolescent with Type-1 diabetes in resource-poor settings, working with 17 hospitals to reach 1,500 children in a five year time frame.
Mr. Abonu assured of Novo Nordisk continues support towards ensuring children suffering from diabetes in Ghana have access to quality care and safeguard insulin to have a good quality life.
By: Paul Mamattah