PES and PharmEvo joint Venture
Discovering Diabetes
Clinics Network launched

By Mubarak Ali

KARACHI: Diabetes is spreading at an alarming rate in Pakistan, which is ranked fourth in the World having the highest number of diabetic patients. Recently, we held a screening camp in one of the cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where we found 125 diabetics after screening 460 people, which is around 27 per cent. This was stated by Dr. Abrar Ahmed, President Pakistan Endocrine Society while speaking at a launching ceremony of Discovering Diabetes Clinics Network.

Discovering Diabetes project which is an initiative of Pakistan Endocrine Society in collaboration with M/s PharmEvo one hundred clinics have been connected and a helpline has been established to help people know their status of diabetes and get consultation with leading diabetologists of the country. The launching ceremony of the Discovering Diabetes Clinics Network was held at a local hotel on September 9th, 2021. Launch event was addressed by Dr. Musarrat Riaz, Dr. Urooj Lal, Mr. Haroon Qasim, Mr. Jamshed Ahmed Dr. Abrar Ahmed and some consultants of various cities who linked their clinics with Discovering Diabetes Project participated through video link. Mr. Wasim Badami a TV anchor moderated the programme.

Group Photograph taken at the launch of Discovering Diabetes Clinics Network held at a local hotel on
September 9th, 2021 
shows Mr. Haroon Qassim, Managing Director PharmEvo, Mr. Jamshed Ahmed
DCEO PharmEvo, Dr. Musarrat Riaz, Dr. Urooj 
Lal, Guest Speakers and Mr. Wasim Badami, Moderator
of the programme along with senior executives of PharmEvo.

Continuing Prof. Abrar said that Pakistan Endocrine Society is always on forefront in diabetes awareness. Of these 125 diabetics, 16% were newly diagnosed as they did not know that they have diabetes. He urged the people to take advantage of Discovering Diabetes Project and get themselves and their family members screened which will help them avoid diabetic complications.

Dr. Musarat Riaz from the Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (BIDE) speaking at the occasion said that this is just a tip of ice berg, we are talking about. Over two crore people are not aware that they are diabetics. Deaths with diabetes are much more than Covid-19 in the country. There are thousands of children and pregnant women suffering from diabetes and children of eight to ten years have the symptoms of diabetes like elderly people. Pakistan is facing an epidemic of diabetes where millions of adult Pakistanis are now living with diabetes which is an obesity-driven disease globally. Obesity and our lifestyle are the two major factors of diabetes. It is a multifactorial diseases and a multidisciplinary approach is required to tackle this epidemic like situation. Everybody should check Blood sugar levels without waiting any sign and symptoms to avoid complications. We have to change our lifestyle and dietary habits immediately to avoid becoming a nation of disabled, she added.

Dr. Urooj Lal from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi in her remarks said that undiagnosed diabetes damage various organs of the body which could be prevented if diagnosed early. Debates is a controllable not curable disease. It is only possible with proper awareness and education of the patients which needs multidisciplinary approach.

Syed Jamshed Ahmed PharmEvo Deputy Chief Executive Officer addressing the participants said that ignorance of diabetes is major problem and number of patients with diabetes could reach up to 100 million in the country by 2045, if immediate steps were not taken. Burden of diabetes is huge and there is dire need to create awareness. Aim of our initiative Discovering Diabetes Project is to save our children to become diabetic and all over the world people are also doing it. One hundred clinics has been linked by the Pakistan Endocrine Society in collaboration with M/s PharmEvo to track, screen, access and prevent diabetes and create awareness of the condition. One of the leading lab has also promised to do sugar test free of cost, Diabetes, he stated, is a problem of all of us, everybody has to play its role. We have decided that this project will be registered as an NGO within a year and will be a public domain. PharmEvo will have no stake in it. We have to work for People as a society so that we can control further spread of this disease, he added.

Mr. Haroon Qassim, Managing Director PharmEvo in his remarks said that it is very important and challenging subject our team has taken and hoped that it will help to control diabetes burden and provide an opportunity for people suffering diabetes to live healthy life. He thanked PES for partnering with PharmEvo to tackle a disease which have achieved an epidemic proportion now. Only way to tackle diabetes, he stated is to spreading awareness and contribute to save as many as live as possible.