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World Diabetes Day observed

14 November 2016,Monday, 23:47

The World Diabetes Day was observed on Monday in the country as elsewhere in the world aiming to make people aware of the disease, with its theme as ‘Eyes on Diabetes’.

Different government and non-government organisations arranged various programmes to observe the day.

The organisers focused on early diagnosis and treatment of type-2 diabetes and using treatments to reduce the risks of developing any serious complications.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) organised a rally, a discussion meeting and a training programme on its campus marking the day.

BSMMU brought out the rally, led by its vice chancellor Prof Dr Qumrul Hasan Khan, at 8.45 am and paraded its campus.

Bangladesh Diabetic Samity and Bangladesh Cycle Lane Implementation Council jointly arranged a rally in front of the National Museum in the morning.

Diabetic patients are on the rise in the country as its number here stood at 7.1 million in 2015 putting Bangladesh on the 10th position among the countries having the highest number of diabetic patients in the world.

In Bangladesh, the number of both type 1 and type-2 diabetic patients among the children is on the rise, according to experts.

The World Diabetes day was first introduced in 1991, and founded by both the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. In reaction to the rise in the cases of diabetes worldwide, it was decided to choose a day of the year to raise awareness about diabetes and related causes. The day chosen was the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, a medical scientist, who co-discovered insulin, and was the first person to use it on humans.


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