KARACHI – Experts on Tuesday sought public support to help government implement and strengthen policies for the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications.

National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NIDE), Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) celebrated World Diabetes Day 2012 by organising diabetes awareness walk, public awareness programme and free diabetic camp today at its Ojha Campus, Karachi.

The walk started from NIDE to DIMC campus. On this occasion, one Awareness Seminar was also organized. Prof. M. Umer Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor, DUHS, Prof Zaman Shaikh, Director, NIDE and Professor Samad Shera, General Secretary, Diabetes Association of Pakistan (DAP) were the speakers. Prof Umer Farooq said that World diabetes day is celebrated on November 14 every year around the world including Pakistan to raise awareness among peoples about diabetes.

World Diabetes day is a call to all those who are responsible for Diabetes care and can contribute to control it. There is need to encourage governments to implement and strengthen policies for the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications.

Prof Shaikh said that in year 2009, it was estimated that Pakistan was ranked number 7 in the world with respect to the diabetic population that was 7.1 million. At that time, it was estimated by IDF that Pakistan will jump, from 7th position in 2010 to 4th in 2030, with an increased diabetic population of 13.8 million.

“However, with the continuing efforts for creating public awareness about diabetes, its complications and precaution, at all the levels of the society, currently Pakistan doesn’t fall in the top 10 counties with diabetic population and it is estimated now that instead of 4th position, Pakistan will fall on 10the position in 2030 with a diabetic population of 11.1 million. He also said that, diabetes is explained in simple words an illness which occurs due to the problem in production and supply of insulin in the body. In large towns or metro cities, most of the people don’t eat healthy food, and also taking less exercise, that may be the major reason of this disease.”

Prof Samad Shera said that insulin is a life saving drug. All patients with type 1 diabetes use insulin from day one of their diagnosis till the last day of their life to sustain their life. Insulin is needed eventually even in type 2 diabetic patients, because 50 per cent of these patients require insulin after 10 year of diagnosis, as oral drug fail in action, because of the progressive nature of the disease. Meanwhile, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with International Medical Relief Agency (IMRA) England would establish Cochlear Implant Centre in November 2012 and also the establishment Institute of ENT & Head & Neck Surgery at its Ojha Campus. It is first in public sector with Cochlear Implantation facility. This Centre would deal children and adults who are deaf and the person having problem in hearing loss or using hearing aid.”

The Cochlear Implant is a miniature device which enables patients with profound degree hearing loss to perceive the sounds. It is recommended for the children with profound hearing loss in both ears and who have shown little prior success with hearing aids.

These views were express by Prof Dr Umer Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor, DUHS and Dr Haroon Zafarullah Khan, an ENT Surgeon and Representative of (IMRA) England at a Press Conference held today at Ojha Campus.

Prof Dr Umer Farooq further said that Cochlear Implant was recommended for the children with profound hearing loss in both ears and who have shown little prior success with hearing aids. Cochlear Implantation can be a very effective alternative in this situation. Dow Univesity would be the first in public sector to provide Cochlear Implant service to the needy patients. This implant will be done by the help of International Medical Relief Agency (IMRA) England.

Dr Haroon Zafarullah Khan said that was most modern technology in world and people who had completely lost their hearing now could also improve the facility of hearing after using this innovative device. According to him this technology was being used in 65 countries including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. HE further said that the technology was operated with wireless system and it was most safe and reliable device which was implanted after a minor surgery. Its warranty is up to ten years and it is operated without battery cell because it was chargeable like a cell phone.