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Giving topmost priority to diabetes, Dhaka Dream City Lions Club is going to initiate the expansion of their social charity work.
As part of their social charity expansion, they are going to test one lakh diabetes cases, one lakh eye scanning, ten thousand cataracts operation and massive tree plantation this year.
Lions 315 A2 District Governor Lion Habiba Hassan said this in a seminar titled “We Serve and Together We Serve” and “Diabetes: The Growing Health Crisis” organised by Dhaka Dream City Lions Club at Social Garden of Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh Bhaban in the capital.
President of Dhaka Dream City Lion Engr MD Shamsur Rahman said, “We have taken various initiatives, including blood donation, diabetes test programme, meal delivery service for the poor and deprived students, and tree plantation, which will be implemented within this month.”
Professor of endocrinology department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Dr Md Farid Uddin presented the keynote paper on Diabetes. During the presentation he portrayed various causes, effects and ways to build public awareness about Diabetes.
Citing a World Health Organization (WHO) quote — Diabetes is a silent killer and global epidemic — he said, “At every 10 seconds, a person dies due to diabetes around the world, and in 2013, more than 79,000 children developed type-1 diabetes in Bangladesh.”
Five million people in Bangladesh currently suffer from diabetes, and 7.9 per cent of the urban people and 3.8 per cent of the rural people are affected by diabetes, Dr Farid said adding that the actual data will be higher as our rural people do not test diabetes.
When patients come for operation, we cannot do the same immediately due to diabetes. About 50 per cent patients are detected having diabetes. Even some patients having 20 to 25 level of diabetes do not know that they have the disease, said Farid Uddin.
Causes of Diabetes
Dr Farid mentioned in his presentation that nutrition and changes in diet and lifestyle, urbanisation and physical inactivity, increasing overall abdominal obesity, genetic susceptibility, cigarette smoking, low birth weight and poor nutrition are the main causes of diabetes in Asia.
What to do?
Good control in lifestyle can ensure a normal life, said Dr Farid who, for controlling diabetes, proposed five points that include diet control, exercise, insulin, education and motivation, and discipline in life.
He suggested eating rice less and vegetables more, eschewing first food culture, building awareness among mass people and ensuring half-an-hour walking every day to prevent diabetes. Those who do not know their risk factors should have themselves checked immediately.
He also said research should be conducted to find out why diabetes is increasing day by day.”
At the end of the seminar, Habiba Hassan distributed sewing machines to the disadvantaged women.