Diabetes Walk kicks off in Mombasa
The Coast edition of the Diabetes Walk kicked off in Mombasa County Saturday morning, as the Diabetes Management and Information center (DMI) urged the National Government to work closely with County Governments and introduce free diabetes testing to manage the disease in the country.
DMI Executive Director Eva Muchemi proposed that a special medical kit be created urgently to enable Kenyans undergo free diabetes examination with ease.
She said that majority of Kenyans are not diagnosed in time due to lack of proper information on diabetes symptoms, insisting that more awareness campaigns be conducted in all parts of the nation.
At the same time, an official from the Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Kibatio, said that currently over two million Kenyans have been affected by diabetes related complications. Urban areas particularly, Nairobi, Mombasa, and Lamu counties have been worst hit due to poor eating habits.
The annual walk, which kicked off at butterfly pavilion in north coast, was organized by DMI in partnership with Safaricom, Royal Media Services among others.
More than 3,000 people including two Mombasa County Executives Secretaries Tendai Lewa Mtana (Education) and his Sports and Youths counterpart attended the ceremony.
The initiative seeks to raise funds to provide free insulin kits to young diabetics from disadvantaged backgrounds, train teachers and communities on prevention, identification and management of diabetes.