Sunday, 16 November 2008

200 children suffer from diabetes annually

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

An average of 200 Tanzanian children, aged below 15 are said to be affected by diabetes annually, a disease in which sugar and starch are not properly absorbed from the blood, it has been learnt.

The Director of the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Dr Charles Majinge said this over the weekend when speaking at the 'Diabetes Day' event commemorated at national level here.At global level, he said, the number of diabetic peoples is estimated at 500,000.

Some 30 diabetic children, mostly drawn from Lake Zone regions of Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara, went camping here for three weeks, as part of activities to commemorate the annual event. During the camping time the children received basic instructions on the management of their own health problems.

One of the diabetic children Ritta Raymond (15) said they had been advised to refrain from eating too much starch foods that contain carbohydrates.Besides cutting down carbohydrates, the children were also advised to do away with boredom.

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