The Head of Pharmaceutical Services at the International Maritime Hospital in Tema, Dr Marc Kwame Dzradosi, has called for a combined effort to fight rising cases of diabetes mellitus, also known as high blood sugar, in the country.
He lamented that about 10 per cent of the population were presently suffering from diabetes, adding that the number might rise if action was not taken.
Diabetes is a dangerous disease which affects every organ and part of the human body, leading to blindness, hypertension, kidney failure, constant infections, ulcers of the foot and legs, and might eventually lead to amputation.
Dr Dzradosi, therefore, encouraged people to do regular medical checks to know their blood sugar levels.
Dr Dzradosi, a former Board Chairman of the Diabetes Youth Care — a non-governmental organisation, focused on helping children and young adults living with diabetes to effectively manage their conditions — was speaking at a charter presentation and fundraising dinner last Saturday in aid of refurbishment of the Diabetes Clinic of the Tema General Hospital.
The ceremony was hosted by the Tema Industrial Lions Club, which was formed in May 2022 and had undertaken to renovate the Diabetic Clinic at the Tema General Hospital as one of its first major activity.
The club's first activity was a donation of diabetes equipment, a fridge and personal protective equipment to the Tema General Hospital.
Dr Dzradosi appealed to estate developers to create amenities and avenues for people to exercise regularly.
The Governor of District 418 Ghana of the Lions Club International, Emmanuel Kojo Gyimah, commended the Tema Industrial Lions Club for joining hands with others to provide service to humanity through the club’s membership in the world's largest service organisation, Lions Clubs International.
"You have decided to join about 1.4 million members that reach every part of the world, devoting your time, talent and treasure to serve with other service-minded people in Ghana and all over the world. It is a very fulfilling journey, but at the same time challenging," he said.
He said the world was confronted with many challenges such as environmental, humanitarian, pandemics and natural disasters, among others.
Mr Gyimah said the Lions Clubs International focused on global causes, namely diabetes, vision, hunger, childhood cancer and the environment.
That, he explained, provided ‘Lions’ many service ideas and the opportunity to touch many lives, and called on members of the club to continue to recruit new members and charter new clubs in order to reach every corner of the country.
The newly elected Charter President of the Tema Industrial Lions Club, Abraham Teye Boyetey, solicited the support of members of the club in the various fundraising and community service activities in order to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged.