Muslim community commits to free diabetes screening

Posted on 22.04.2021 at 2:30 p.m. by JournalduCameroun

On April 10, the private Islamic hospital of Bamarea hosted the free screening campaign of the Amicale pour la Solidarité et de Développement de l ‘Extrême-Nord.

Hundreds of people in Maroua, in the Far North region, performed a free diabetes and hypertension screening exercise to help learn about their condition during the Ramadan fast.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Health, two percent of deaths are due to diabetes each year in Cameroon.

The disease is the fifth leading cause of death according to the World Health Organization. In the Far North of Cameroon, this disease is classified behind communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions (61%), other communicable diseases (13%), cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure (11%).

Advanced people are more likely to succumb to diabetes and high blood pressure, according to health experts.

It is with this in mind that the Association for Solidarity and Development, ASD organized a free joint screening exercise which takes place at a time when the Muslim community is seriously engaged in fasting.

“We are in the midst of the Ramadan fast and we know it is extremely hot in the northern areas, so we thought it wise to help the Muslim community know their status during this time. They need to know if they are diabetic or suffer from high blood pressure… ”, declared the president of the Far-North branch of the ASD Hamza Yaya Bello.

The screening exercise took place after several weeks of awareness campaigns on social networks as well as on local and community radio stations.

“I learned about this campaign on the radio and thought it was wise to come for my first screening. This is really a good initiative and I hope it will be done regularly so that we can know our status, ”said exercise beneficiary Oumarou Bello.

The free diabetes and hypertension screening campaign mainly targeted people over 50 and young people.

“I appreciated the initiative and I want to sincerely thank the organizers as they helped me know my status and I also received valuable advice on how to control my diet,” said another beneficiary, Amina Aissatou.

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