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Government plans to introduce diabetes clinics throughout the country to detect the disease early as well as reduce the rate of complications. The project, funded by the International Diabetes Federation, will start with a pilot project at Harare Central and Parirenyatwa Central hospitals in May.

The IDF has injected US$20 000 for the initiative.

Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr Paul Chimedza welcomed the assistance and partnership with the IDF in reducing diabetes-related complications.

“We appreciate the coming in of the IDF to tackle the problem of diabetes. We can make life more bearable for people living with this condition,” Dr Chimedza said.

Zimbabwe Diabetic Association president Dr John Mangwiro said the initiative would start with a seminar for health professionals in Harare tomorrow (Friday).

Dr Mangwiro said health professionals would undergo training on detection of foot diabetes through screening and appropriate management.

“Current detection of diabetes in Zimbabwe without foot screening is not complete. We hope this initiative will enable us to fully diagnose patients and treat them appropriately,” he said.

He said foot diagnoses of diabetes was being done in Egypt where tremendous results were noticed.

According to the ZDA, diabetes accounts for 10 percent of non-communicable diseases in Zimbabwe.

However, the majority of diabetes cases go unnoticed as most people do not know that they have the condition.

Source : The Herald