World Diabetes Day on Nov 14

KARACHI: World Diabetes Day will be celebrated on November 14, 2013. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

In Pakistan, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKHU) is organising a programme at its Auditorium in Stadium Road campus, Karachi, to commemorating World Diabetes Day.

The ceremony aims to raises global awareness of diabetes – its escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases. AKUH experts will talk about diabetes management, diabetic nutrition and home care for diabetic patients. Some patients will also share their experiences.

It may be noted that Diabetes has risen to an alarming level in Pakistan, where number of patients have surged to 20 million mainly over a period of few years due to mental stress, self-carelessness and ignorance of prevention among the masses. There is dire need to tackle the disease and control it through proper medical treatment.