The founder of the Liberia Diabetes Testing Center is appealing to medical institutions in the country to refer diabetes patients to the center for routine testing and counseling on diabetes management and prevention.
Speaking to reporter via mobile phone from the United States, Mr. James Momoh said the establishment of such partnership will help provide awareness and reduce the fatality rate that is related to diabetes in the country. Diabetes, according to him has become the leading cause of death and disability globally but with routing testing and education on the disease prevention and management people are able to live longer.
He further explained that since establishing the diabetes testing center in Liberia, people from diverse backgrounds are now privileged to routinely monitor their glucose levels which is a major component in the management of diabetes.
The Liberian journalist now a humanitarian based in the US also said the goal of the center is to bring relief to all Liberians that are dealing with the complications of diabetes and other medical conditions that could be prevented or properly manage if the needed education is made available.
On the relationship with medical institutions, Momoh said the partnership will provide diabetes sufferers the opportunity to routinely monitor their sugar levels since the center is equipped with the technology to provide the needed services to people suffering from diabetes in the country.
Speaking on the disease, Momoh said while diabetes has become a health crisis globally, it is a medical condition that is manageable if people are changing their poor eating habits and exercising as often as possible.
He disclosed that since the opening of the diabetes center in Liberia, the center was able to discover the prevalence of the disease in the country. He said majority of the people tested at the center are either at the early stages of developing diabetes or have reach the irreversible stage of the disease.
Momoh said while they are providing testing for diabetes, people are also benefiting from a comprehensive health assessment to rule out other underlining factors like hypertension, inadequate oxygen circulation. “We also provide cardiovascular assessment and nutritional support”.
He disclosed that the center will soon be including a fitness program for its clients adding, that the goal of fitness program is to keep surveillance on the obesity rate among diabetes sufferers.