Pakistan now only behind China, India with over 33 million diabetes patients

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Pakistan has become the third country in world ranking only behind China and India having 33 million people suffering from diabetes and handling such a large number of people is a risk to the economy as billions are consumed on the treatment, stated by speakers in a workshop on ‘non-communicable diseases’ structured by Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) in Quetta.

The session was hosted by PANAH General Secretary and Director Operations Sanaullah Ghumman. The meeting was joined by Assistant Advocate General Balochistan, Nadeem Sajjad, Dr. Muhammad Nasimullah, Director Institute of Public Health Quetta, Registrar Health Services Academy Islamabad, Dr. Ali Nasir Bugti, Dr. Noor Qazi, Dr. Wahid Baloch, President Balochistan Union of Journalists Salman Ashraf, Shehzad Ali Khan, vice-chancellor, Health Services Academy, Munawar Hussain, consultant Food Policy Program, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, and other senior members.

Moreover, numerous speakers including Masood Rehman Kayani, Professor Abdul Basit, general secretary of Diabetes Association of Pakistan, Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, Chairperson of National Commission on the Rights of the Child, and others addressed the workshop.

Besides, reporters, agents of civil society organizations, lawyers, and a number of government departments attended.

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The general secretary and director of operations of PANAH- Sanaullah Ghumman, greeted the accomplices and stated that PANAH creates sentience regarding different diseases to ordinary people and policymakers. He informed the session that almost 80 percent of deaths from non-communicable diseases are because of diabetes, heart, cancer, and respiratory ailments.

He conveyed that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are one of the main diet-associated reasons for chubbiness and these NCDs.

Furthermore, The National Command and Operations Centre has announced that Covid-19 vaccination centers will be closed on January 1 and 2 all over the country.

According to the NCOC, which is serving as the major center of the government’s combined effort against the worldwide pandemic, said that the vaccination workforce has been working throughout the year to attain the national goal.

The inoculation practice is to recommence from January 3, 2022, it added.

Additionally, the NCOC proclaimed that 30% of Pakistan’s total population and 46% of the authorized population have been inoculated against Covid.

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