The county government of Trans Nzoia has called on residents to turn up for Diabetes screening at its public health facilities across the five sub counties to identify positive cases which require management.
Area Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus said early detection will be key in ensuring those infected are placed under a multidisciplinary management therapy. Diabetes patients are at a high risk of contracting the Covid 19 disease.
“We encourage our people to visit nearby health facilities to ascertain their health status with regard to Diabetes,” said Dr. Tarus who presided over the event at the county headquarters.
He also said the burden being brought about the Covid 19 pandemic n the health sector required more vigilance by locals with regard to observation of set health guidelines to contain its spread.
Health executive committee member Claire Wanyama said the county has about 2000 diabetic cases within Kiminini Sub County leading. The youngest patient is a one year old.
“We are also encouraging our people to enlist for the National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF to be able to meet the costs of managing such diseases whose medication is costly,” said Mrs. Wanyama.
Some of the Diabetic patients narrated the challenges they go through to manage the disease with financial challenges being the greatest impediment owing to dietary specifications and costly medicine.
“Some of us have formed an association which sees us pool resources together and loan among members through table banking to meet our medical needs,” said Mrs Jane Macharia, the chairlady of the Diabetes Association of Kenya.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.