Malawians are facing a health epidemic as officials from government are expressing concern that diabetes is rising fast in Malawi and could surpass malaria as a major killer if not checked.
The true horrifying scale of which is only just becoming apparent, the prevalence rate of the disease has shot up to six percent from one per cent in the 1960s.
Kapande Masiye, Programme manager of Non Communicable Diseases in the ministry of Health said diabetes is rampant among Malawians which can rob them of their eyesight, their limbs, their kidneys and eventually their lives.
“Diabetis was previously viewed as the disease of the affluent, the rich, the powerful and famous but not now. It is no longer a disease for urban dwellers,” said Masiye.
He said studies show that diabetes is higher in rural areas among poor people.
Masiye therefore said there was need to sensitise people both in urban and rural areas on right food which people must eat to avert the prevalence of the disease.
If not detected early, diabetes can lead to leg amputation, loss of eye sight and kidney failure among other effects. The world was on Wednesday commemorating non communicable day.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :