The Liberia Diabetes Center in central Monrovia is to shortly embark on a gender-based survey aimed at establishing the prevalence of the disease in the city of Monrovia and its environs. this disclosure was made by the founder of the Center, Mr. James Momoh during an interview with our reporter from the United States.
Diabetes is a medical condition when the human body does not properly process food for use as energy. If not properly manage, diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation and death. Statistics from the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), has reveal a staggering figure, that over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes globally, while 15.5 million are in Africa.
Speaking on the pending survey, Momoh indicated that the survey will enable the Liberia Diabetes Center to identify the prevalence of diabetes and the gender that is mostly affected in the city of Monrovia. “As a non-for-profit organization, the Liberia Diabetes center has been providing health assessment to Liberians the are dealing with the complications of diabetes and hypertension over the last four years.”
“I think this survey is the first of its kind in the country when it comes to a disease that now seems to be a secret killer in Liberia.” According to him, the survey with a duration of three months, will be based on the random selection of hundred participants with equal gender representation in the city of Monrovia and its environs.
“The data collected from the survey will enable the Liberia Diabetes Center to have an idea on the prevalence of diabetes in Monrovia and the gender that is mostly affected. Momoh admonished Liberians to take diabetes testing and healthy living seriously.
He said type 2 diabetes is the common form of diabetes in Liberia while the majority of Liberians are unknowingly living with a family history of diabetes.” if our people can eat healthy and exercise regularly, it has the potential to reduce diabetes related deaths in the country.”
On the activities of the Liberia Diabetes Center, Momoh disclosed that the Liberia Diabetes Center has over the years provided support to people living with diabetes through the supply of diabetes strips, meters, counseling, nutrition and testing. Mr. Momoh also disclosed that his center is presently involved with several communities in the city of Monrovia and its environs providing awareness on the disease prevention, management and healthy living. “Fighting diabetes in Liberia will need the collective effort of all Liberians including the government of Liberia.”