Deputy Director of Non-Communicable Disease in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Clemenciana Bakasa said the number of people dying from non-communicable diseases, which included diabetes, surpassed those succumbing to HIV and Aids.
“Many people are dying from non-communicable diseases including diabetes more than those who are dying of Aids, there is need for more information dissemination about the disease,” she said.
As a result, she said, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Zimbabwe Diabetes Association had embarked on a training programme for nurses in a bid to create awareness about the disease.
“We aim to strengthen management of diabetes through equipping service providers after the realisation that information on diabetes was not well known compared to that of other disease,” said Bakasa.
She added, “diabetes can be well managed. There is no reason why people should die of the disease. Through taking medication and the recommended diet, one can live a very normal life.”
Zimbabwe Diabetes Association chairman Ngoni Chigwana said the training programme had covered most parts of the country.
“So far, we have trained 30 nurses from each province, which include Bulawayo, Masvingo, Chiredzi, Kwekwe, Gweru and Mutare,” he said.
“We are left with Mashonaland Central, East, West and Matebeleland South and North and we hope by end of year we would have covered all the districts.”
A survey on people with diabetes carried in 2006 reported that 10% of the country’s population is diabetic.