Ms. Agnes Johnson-
The administrative manager of “Pervocate” a diabetes testing and awareness center recently opened in the country is calling for mandatory testing of children by all medical institutions in the country for early onset or juvenile diabetes. The statement was made by Ms. Agnes Johnson during an interview with this paper at her front street offices in Monrovia.
She told our reporter that mandatory testing for early detection of diabetes among children will help reduced the prevalence of the disease and it complications. She said since the establishment of the diabetes awareness center several children have being identified as potential candidates for diabetes if life style changes are not immediately initiated by their parents. She said some of the problems that were associated with the children that visited the center for testing was obesity, adding that parents must closely monitor the food intake of their children at all times.
She further disclosed that some of the symptoms for diabetes among children are urinary tract infection, frequent urination, bed wetting and weight loss ‘ If you find your children with these conditions immediately take them for testing she added. She said while diabetes is now a global medical condition it is manageable if individuals are tested early and adopting to life style changes which she identified as exercise and dieting and medication.
On the goal and achievements of the center since opening its doors to the general public, Ms. Johnson told our reporter, that the purpose of establishing the center is to make diabetes testing and awareness affordable and accessible to the people ‘We are very optimistic about the future of the center and calling on Liberians to take advantage of the opportunity of getting tested and purchasing the meters at an affordable price. She further explained that about 7.5 million people are presently living with diabetes in Africa according to the international diabetes confederation adding that children are also a significant component of the diabetes community in Africa.
Ms. Johnson said while type two diabetes is most often associated with obesity, the causes of juvenile diabetes remains doubtful within the medical community stressing, that early testing and awareness is crucial to enabling parents better managed the diabetic needs of their children. She said as the center administrator, she is admonishing parents to keep a watchful eye on their children for early onset of diabetes symptoms. ‘Once you see your child developing frequent unitary tract infection, bed wetting, weight loss let them get tested she concluded.