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Mobile clinics to help battle diabetes.

LAHORE -- A study revealed that more than seven million people in the country are suffering from diabetes and the first mobile clinic has been launched to tackle this disease. The initiative was taken in collaboration with Shalimar hospital.

An event formally marked the MoU signing between Professor Bilal Bin Younus, representing Sakina Institute of Diabetes and Endocrine Research (SIDER), and Novo Nordisk Pakistan on Thursday.

Prof Bilal Bin Younis shared that more than seven million people in Pakistan are suffering from diabetes; however, more than half of this population does not even know they have the disease.

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'Diabetes is a situation that needs to be addressed urgently as it puts a great burden on the economy of Pakistan.'

He added that our initiative with Novo Nordisk will have the necessary equipment to diagnose people with diabetes in a timely manner and secure their quality of life.

He said patients could develop complications such as uncontrolled glycemic levels due to delayed diagnosis, poor compliance, less awareness and other factors.

'The mobile diabetes clinic will be used to screen diabetes among people of rural populations, in particular those facing difficulty in getting quality consultation,' he said.

Novo Nordisk Pakistan General Manager Rashed Rafique Butt said 'The launch of Changing Diabetes Mobile Clinic marks yet another milestone in our efforts to fight the disease in Pakistan. A particular focus is on rural areas where awareness and diagnosis of diabetes is low.

'With our strong partnership SIDER, we are hopeful that not only will people with diabetes benefit, but it will also enable us to increase awareness on the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the country.' Rashed Rafique added.

Novo Nordisk's brand ambassador for Changing Diabetes Wasim Akram commended the initiative of SIDER and Novo Nordisk.

'We, as a nation, operate on self-medication and do not approach doctors for the right diagnosis until it's too late.

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I think it's very innovative and in the best interest of the Pakistani population to have a mobile clinic come to your area so you can screen yourself and ask your family to do the same,' he said.

Wasim Akram also shared his own challenges and experience of living a quality life with diabetes.

On the occasion, Danish Ambassador to Pakistan H. E. Rolf M. Holmboe and Chairman Board of Trustees Chaudhary Ahmed Saeed also addressed and committed their support to help counter diabetes in Pakistan, and Punjab in particular.

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Publication:The Express Tribune (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 8, 2017
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