World Diabetes Day was commemorated at Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday and Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe addressed the ceremony.
In his speech, the Union Minister said a statistic released by the World Health Organization states 382 million people around the world have diabetes and the annual global cost for treatment is approximately US$830 billion. He said there are estimates that if the trend continues, then there will be 550 million people who have diabetes by 2030.
The Stepwise Approach to Surveillance (STEPS) conducted in Myanmar in 2014 revealed there is a 10.5 per cent chance to develop diabetes and a 26.4 per cent chance to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) while 19.5 per cent of people are likely to develop diabetes.
The Union Minister said the causes of diabetes are proliferated in Myanmar, especially cigarette smoking, obesity and the presence of fatty acids in blood vessels. He said if proper preventive measures are not put in place now, then the situation may develop into a public health crisis in the next five years.
The Union Minister said rural and township health departments across Myanmar open a diabetes-hypertension treatment clinic every Wednesday. He said they provide medical examinations, treatment, and health awareness programs.
The Union Minister said a healthy lifestyle and physical exercise for the 9.5 million students across Myanmar will effectively prevent developing diseases in old age and called for physical exercises to be included in the school curriculum.
—MNA / (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)