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Diabetic children need
special care-Danish Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Early childhood behaviours become habits, which are difficult to change later. Raising awareness of the risk of diabetes and related communicable diseases - and how to avoid them is imperative This was stated by Mr. Ole E. Moesby, Danish Ambassador to Pakistan during his visit to the SOS Children’s Village in Rawalpindi to meet teachers, families and children and speak to them about how to improve life quality through good healthcare.

He further stated that”It is estimated that in Pakistan, obesity has tripled and hypertension had doubled since 2009. This makes 9.6 million children in Pakistan either overweight or obese, out of which diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions to affect these children”. Ambassador Moesby also spoke about general health issues among children and the importance of establishing collaboration between teachers, parents and organizations in creating awareness on primary prevention of diabetes and issues of childhood obesity in particular.
”With more than 7 million diabetic patients in Pakistan, around five per cent of them are young children. However, these figures may be much higher, since many children, especially from poor and rural areas remain undiagnosed, as their parents or teachers often misdiagnose it as the flu and do not seek doctor’s advice for a proper diagnosis, which creates a lot of health issues and impacts the quality of life for these children. Type-2 diabetes can be prevented through increasing physical activities and having a good diet plan, so a few preventive measures can help curb such a fatal disease. Awareness and education are they key words for prevention and cure”, said Ambassador Moesby.
SOS Village Chairperson, Mrs. Nasim Muzaffar appreciated Ambassador Moesby’s commitment to advocating for awareness on healthcare. Ms. Muzaffar stated that SOS Village was providing a home and social environment for orphaned children across Pakistan but required the support of donors from both public and private sector to continue giving these children access to quality education, health and a ’fair start’ in life.(PR)

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