The World Diabetes Day was today commemorated at the Iten County Referral Hospital in an event presided over by Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha.
The CS also used the occasion to officially flag off our 1,260 Community Health Promoters who will be lead persons in spreading awareness and advocacy for better prevention, diagnosis of diabetes in line with this year’s theme which calls for enhanced access to Diabetes care.
Diabetes is a major health concern leading to hypertension, renal failure among other complications.
CS Nakhumicha called on individual and community effort in eradicating diabetes noting that the disease could be tackled through better nutrition and lifestyles.
“For instance, we need to drastically cut down on the intake of refined sugars in our diets and replace them with other healthier options,” she said.
She pledged consistent supply of drugs to County health facilities will be enhanced through KEMSA to help in the treatment of diabetes and other ailments.
Governor Wisley Rotich who hosted the CS said with the help of the CHPs, the County will continue with the ongoing medical screening camps in all wards in order to fight the disease.
“Our CHPs are the first line of defence in the fight for better health in the County and we shall give them all the support they need. We will ensure that their stipends will start being paid upon signing of an MOU between my administration and the Ministry of Health before January 2024,” he said.
Present were Patrick Amoth, Acting Director General of Health, Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo Country Director,Ampath, Ms. Sanne Frost from World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), Deputy Governor Prof. Grace Cheserek, County Commissioner John Korir, County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut, Speaker Philemon Sabulei, MCAs among other officials.