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Rwanda’s Health Ministry Calls Public for Early Diabetes Screening

The Ministry of Health has called for early screening of diabetes after a study found that half of the 175,575 people living with diabetes in the country are undiagnosed.

This comes as Rwanda joined the world to observe the World Health Day that was held under the theme; "Beat diabetes", the day was dedicated to raising awareness of diabetes, scale up its prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance.

The disease has major health and socio-economic impacts, especially in developing countries.

Simon-Pierre Niyonsenga, the Director of Pulmonary, Renal, Diabetes and other Metabolic Diseases at Rwanda Bio-medical Center said that the Ministry of Health alongside other stake holders is combining all efforts to fight diabetes and all non-communicable diseases in general.

A 2013 survey done by The Ministry of Health estimated that 175,575 people (between the ages of 15-64) are living with diabetes, which corresponds to the prevalence of 3% among the population.

"The main challenge is that almost half of them are not diagnosed, meaning that they are not aware that they have diabetes."

There is an annual community health checkup for NCDs including diabetes for men above the age of 40 and Women above the age of 35 and it is covered by all health insurances, including Mutuelle de Santé.

By Robert Muriisa.

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