The head of the National Diabetes Office of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Alayo Sopekan, has advised Nigerians to get tested to find out their diabetes status.

He said so yesterday in Abuja during a stakeholder engagement on iCARE initiatives in Nigeria, organized by Novo Nordisk, in collaboration with the Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology of Nigeria (SPAEN) and the Federal Ministry of Health. Health.

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He said this was key to detecting the disease at an early stage, as anyone could suffer from it, regardless of family history.

Sopekan, who is also the deputy national coordinator for the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), called on states and local governments to establish NCD control offices to stem the tide of the disease.

Jude Abonu, Business Unit Manager, English West Africa, Novo Nordisk, said the iCARE initiative aims to accelerate access to treatment for patients with diabetes in Africa in a sustainable way by leveraging on four key areas: capacity, affordability, reach and accountability.

He said iCARE’s Changing Diabetes in Children (CDiC) program aims to reach 2,400 children and train 380 healthcare professionals, working in 30 facilities by 2025, while the affordability program aims to reach 12,000 patients with affordable insulin at 100 implementation facilities, while building capacity for 450 healthcare providers (HCPs) by 2023.


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