The Liberia Diabetes Testing Center (LDTC) located on Front street in Monrovia, now has a country coordinator. She is Mrs. Ruth Bowier wife of former information minister Emmanuel Bowier.
According to a dispatch from the center head office in the united states and signed by the center founder Mr. James Momoh, the appointment of Ruth is intended to bring more dynamism to the center as it strives to meet the health needs of people suffering from diabetes in the country.
According to a dispatch from the United States, the appointment of Mrs. Bowier follows series of discussions in Liberia and the United States and her expressed willingness to provide her professional services in achieving the objective for which the diabetes center was established. Diabetes has become recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition and in the last two years, accounts for 5.1 million deaths globally.
Commenting on her appointment, as country coordinator, she told our reporter during an interview from the United States, that joining the center was another opportunity to give back to the people of Liberia. She said, she is knowledgeable about the complications of diabetes and is very closed to people that are also suffering from diabetes. She told our reporter that the establishment of a diabetes center in the country must be a lifesaver to all Liberians regardless of their status in society.
She said some of the advantages at the center for people suffering from diabetes is the continuous availability of testing meters and strips and the cost of getting these testing meters which she said are basically free, considering their cost both locally and internationally. She called on Liberians to visit the center to get their sugar content evaluated and to also to benefit from a comprehensive awareness program on the disease management and prevention.
Speaking further on her role as a country coordinator, she told our reporter that her first role at the center is to initiate a comprehensive awareness program in every community and religious institutions in the country on the prevalence of diabetes and the need for people to get tested, and to monitor their food intake which she described as crucial in the disease management.