Mangochi district medical officer Stalin Zinkanda has called for early screening of diabetes to contain the disease, saying the district has increased cases of people suffering from non-communicable disease.
The health official said this on Saturday in the district during a diabetes awareness campaign organised by Mangochi Lions Club in collaboration with Zomba, Mulunguzi-Zomba and All Leos in Zone 1B Lions to raise awareness of diabetes, scale-up its prevention, strengthen care and enhance its surveillance.
In an interview, he said the disease is now on the rise in the district as over 700 people are reported to have been diagnosed with it.
“The disease has major health and socio-economic consequences. Everything comes to a halt in one’s life when one is attacked by diabetes,” he said.
Zinkanda said frequent passing out of urine or having thirst now and then as well as fatigue are some of the signs and symptoms, calling upon communities to go for screening.
“Go to the hospital for checkup as this will certainly help you,” he advised.
In his remarks, district governor of Zimbabwe Lion Jona Machaya said diabetes is the number four killer disease in the world, adding that as lions they are committed to raising awareness about the disease.
He said plans are underway to construct a modern health facility in Blantyre to cater for people suffering from the disease.