BY ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH, Lagos
With Nigeria having the highest cases of diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts and stakeholders in the health sector will today converge on Lagos at the Sanofi Diabetes Summit to brainstorm on ways to curb the disease.
General manager, Sanofi Aventis Nigeria Limited, Folake Odediran, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos, said the summit which is scheduled to hold in Lagos is a means to provide an educational platform for diabetes management.
Odediran said the summit will provide a platform where all the professionals involved in diabetes care can come together and rub minds, update themselves, strengthen themselves and engage in a robust discussion that can improve management and outcome in diabetes care.
She said, “Sanofi has decided to organize the summit because we are a global healthcare provider, we are involve in prevention, treatment and support. One of the ways we support the communities that we serve is through value added activities like the diabetes summit. Life is a health journey and at Sanofi, we believe that as healthcare provider, we need to go on this journey together.”
Medical director, Sanofi Aventis Nigeria Limited, Dr. Philip Ikeme said globally, there is a huge burden of diabetes, hence the need for all Nigerians to pay more attention to this chronic disease because it has an impact on all aspects of healthcare system.
Unlike other types of diabetes, Ikeme said, the burden of type II diabetes is quite high and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the people living with the disease is about 387 million globally as of 2014 and in 2035, that figure will likely increase to almost 600 million if nothing is done to avert the trend.
He said, “Diabetes is not a disease you can cure, but it is a disease you can treat, and if it is treated well, then it means that the patient can live as normal as everybody else. It is a disease of which the patient has more responsibility for care than the physician