Addressing diabetes is essential to cut premature death-Guterres

  14 November 2019    Read: 1071
 Addressing diabetes is essential to cut premature death-Guterres

More than 420 million people suffer from diabetes, a treatable and often preventable disease largely driven by unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and poor access to health services and medicines, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message to the World Diabetes Day .

Antonio Guterres highlighted the damages of diabetes to the health and educational and employment aspirations for many, affecting communities and forcing families into economic hardship through catastrophic medical expenses.

"Countries are addressing diabetes as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, committing to cut premature death from this and other noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030", the message said.

Guterres highlited the significance of early detection and access to healthcare services for the prevention and treatment, including through achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

"On World Diabetes Day, I voice my support for all individuals around the world living with diabetes, and reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to fight for their needs and wellbeing on our path towards health for all", the message read.


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