ISLAMABAD - Putting special focus on care for diabetic children in Pakistan, the Ambassador of Denmark, Ole E Moesby, has emphasised the need for preventive steps to tackle the challenge.Ambassador Moesby said that obesity has tripled and blood pressure had doubled since 2009 that makes 9.6 million children in Pakistan either overweight or obese, out of which diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions to affect these children. The Danish envoy made these observations on Wednesday while speaking to teachers, families and children of SOS village Rawalpindi and emphasised how to improve life quality through good healthcare. Ambassador Moesby also spoke about general health issues among children and the importance of establishing collaboration between teachers, parents and organisations in creating awareness on primary prevention of diabetes and issues of childhood obesity in particular. "With more than 7 million diabetic patients in Pakistan, around five per cent of them are young children. However, these figures may be much higher, since many children, especially from poor and rural areas remain undiagnosed, as their parents or teachers often misdiagnose it as the flu and do not seek doctor's advice for a proper diagnosis, which creates a lot of health issues and impacts the quality of life for these children. Type-2 diabetes can be prevented through increasing physical activities and having a good diet plan, so a few preventive measures can help curb such a fatal disease. Awareness and education are the key words for prevention and cure," said Ambassador Moesby.SOS Village Chairperson, Nasim Muzaffar appreciated Ambassador Moesby's commitment to advocating for awareness on healthcare. Muzaffar stated that SOS Village was providing a home and social environment for orphaned children across Pakistan but required the support of donors from both public and private sector to continue giving these children access to quality education, health and a 'fair start' in life.The Danish Ambassador also met Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President's Coordinator on Social Sectors, to acknowledge the significant activities, which have been initiated to improve healthcare system in Pakistan. The Danish ambassador appreciated that Pakistan has been focusing on a public health system that places a high priority on communicable diseases and maternal and child health services and a private health system driven by curative medicine. He however emphasized that there was also need for a comprehensive health response to diabetes that addresses prevention, treatment, care and support needs for people with diabetes.