Pharmacare, one of the private drug stores in the country announced the provision of free Glucometer medical devices to people as part of the activities to commemorate World Diabetes Day which falls on 14th November.
The company’s Sales and Marketing Executive Chimwemwe Nyimbiri told journalists in Lilongwe during a joint press briefing with JournAids that the machines will be given freely to the people after buying a testing strip from the company to complete a testing kit for diabetes.
The testing strip on the shelf is selling at K7,000.
“We have come up with this intervention which will run only for this month in order to encourage people in the country to know their sero status on sugar levels in their body,” he said.
He said too much or little sugar have implications in somebody’s body such that if people have the kits will help them manage their sugars.
According to World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) there are 371million people living with diabetes in the world. Malawi has a prevalence rate of 5.6 per cent.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the number is expected to rise to 552 million by 2030 due to a combination of the population, ageing, unhealthy diets, obesity and sedentary lifestyles.
Nyimbiri however revealed that his company has donated almost 250 Glucometer machines to Ministry of Health and 500 to Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) hospitals.