Federal Government urged to remove tariffs on anti-diabetes drugs and others
Published on December 13, 2017
The Federal government as been advised by experts to make anti-diabetes drug affordable by removing the tattoos paid on it when imported into the country. The advice came as a result of the workshop for reporters organised by a multinational pharmaceutical company to mark the world diabetes day.
And one of the problem discussed at the meeting was poor treatment of patient because many of then could not control their blood level sugar as the cost of drugs and monitoring device is too expensive and unreachable. It was also revealed that Nigerian as the third highest incidence of diabetes in Africa, followed by South Africa with 9.7 percent and Tanzania with 7.8 percent.
A consultant Endocrinologist at the department of medicine, college of medicine, university of Lagos, Lagos university teaching hospital, Dr Ifedayo Odeniyi,said diabetes is on the increase worldwide especially in developing countries.He said that over 100,000 people died in 2013 as a result of disease in the country, the disease affect about 5.5 percent of the population and that it may increase to 6.1 if urgent steps are not put in place to stop it. Dr Ifedayo Odeniyi said while it is true that diabetes as no cure,people with diabetes can still life a long and quality life if they consciously treat it. He said that the goal of diabetes management is to prevent complication which when it occurs may lead to instant death. He also urge the government to ensure that the proposed policy is implemented so that patient who comes for check up can be diagnosed easily if infected.
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