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World Diabetes Day today

Staff Reporter:

The World Diabetes Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the globe in a befitting manner to make the people aware about the disease.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Diabeties: know your risk, know your response’.
On the eve of the day, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued sep-arate messages urging all concerned to work together for creating awareness among the people about diabetes.
In his message, President Mohammed Shahabuddin said the prevalence of diabetes is increasing day by day due to lack of knowledge about the risk of diabetes.
Diabetes is an enduring health problem and it is possible to maintain a healthy and normal livelihood throughout the life by controlling this disease, he added.
If diabetes remains uncontrolled, the number of diseases related to heart disease, brain hemorrhage kid-ney and eye diseases increases in human body, he said.
Underscoring the need for taking necessary healthcare services and creating awareness to control diabe-tes, the President urged media, social and cultural organizations and other private organizations to come forward along with Bangladesh Diabetic Association for creating mass awareness about diabetes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League government has implemented a number of development projects in health sector over the last 15 years to reach healthcare facilities at the doorsteps of the people.
The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh has taken multi-faceted activities including creating awareness for prevention and control of diabetes, the premier said.
The current government has taken special programs to provide free insulin to type-1 diabetic patients, she said, adding that the government will continue to support diabetes-prevention and its control.
Both the President and the Prime Minister wished all the day’s programs a success.

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