The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), also known as Pyrates Confraternity, has called for intentional attention on diabetes challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The association highlighted the financial hardships faced by patients and urgently appealed to the FCT authorities to create affordable access to crucial diabetes medications, especially for those in the outskirts, in an attempt to alleviate the financial burden.
The Capoon of NAS, Sahara Deck, Olamide Oni in aligning with the United Nations theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day, “Access to Diabetes Care,” admonished the FCT authorities to implement drug subsidies and demonstrate commitment to ensuring that even those with limited means can access vital diabetes treatments.
Recognising diabetes as a leading cause of severe health issues, the association stressed the importance of proactive measures, while also emphasising that a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes.
With global diabetes prevalence nearly doubling since 1980 and an alarming prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus, they noted that increasing awareness had become crucial, especially in many rural Abuja communities, hence the need for population sensitisation.
He said: “Nigeria’s ranking as the world’s 4th highest consumer of soft drinks raises concerns, with the need to limit sugar intake underscored by Vanguard’s September 9, 2022 publication.
“The National Association of Seadogs, Sahara Deck, joined forces in urging government authorities to ensure accessible diabetes care for all citizens.
“With November 14 set aside every year to mark World Diabetes Day, the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), a Nigerian charitable and humanitarian organisation, will continue to highlight issues affecting the generality of the people.”