The Liberia Diabetes Center located on Front Street in central Monrovia, has announced that it is launching a community outreach program in the city of Monrovia and its environs aimed creating awareness on the prevention and the management of this dangerous illness.
Diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose, otherwise known as blood sugar; some of its early signs and symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, increased thirst, feeling tired and hunger.
Speaking to our reporter on the pending outreach program, Mr. James Momoh who is founder of the Liberia Diabetes Center, said the outreach initiative is intended to provide awareness on the prevalence of diabetes, and to urge Liberians to eat healthy and exercise regularly, a critical component in the management and prevention of diabetes globally.
Momoh revealed that the prevalence of diabetes in the country should be considered a national health crisis as the disease is prematurely claiming the lives of Liberians. “With a collective campaign against diabetes, people with diabetes in Liberia could live longer and become more productive despite the complications that are associated with the disease” He told our reporter, that the outreach program will be targeting the densely populated communities of Monrovia and its environs to afford people that resides in those communities the opportunity to hear the message of diabetes and the danger that the disease possess to the human body.
“They will also have the opportunity of getting tested for diabetes during the outreach program” He told our reporter that type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in Liberia, a condition that is preventable and manageable if people are provided the needed education on the risk factors of developing the disease. On the activities of the Liberia Diabetes Center in the country, he disclosed that the center is not a diagnostic center or a clinic but a support center for people that are dealing with the complications of diabetes.
He said, diabetes is a disease that requires routine monitoring, some of the major services that the Liberia Diabetes Center is proving to people with diabetes in the country. “The center is also providing counseling and other essential services that are associated with the management and prevention of diabetes” Momoh urged Liberians that are suffering from diabetes not to fight the disease alone but to visit the Liberia Diabetes Center for support on the disease management.