More than 382 million people globally are living with diabetes, including 3.5 million in South Africa, and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has predicted that this number could rise to 552 million by 2030.
While diabetes kill more people in the world than the much-hated HIV/Aids, many people do not seem to care and refuse to be screened for the deadly but treatable disease.
A radio station in South Africa, Radio 2000, has understood the seriousness of the disease and decided to take the stand, by hosting a one-day campaign against diabetes on Friday, 20 June 2014, between 6am and 10am in its headquarters in Auckland Park in Johannesburg.
Radio 2000 is owned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The event will be held in association with the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation. Ngema-Zuma is the fourth wife of South Africa President Jacob Zuma.
A morning of diabetes will therefore be hosted that day to screen all SABC employees. The station said that this will be a call to other corporates to create an environment that encourages employees to learn more about diabetes and to conduct regular screenings for this disease.
“We live in a world where more than 382 million people live with diabetes, and diabetes is a major killer that we should all be worried about. It indiscriminately kills both the haves and the haves-nots,” Ngema-Zuma said in a statement.
“Hence it is important for everyone to test and know their numbers.”
The station said it will interview Zuma’s fourth wife on the importance of testing, host an expert who will educate people about keeping to a healthy diet and how diabetes can affect people in the bedroom – diabetes-related sexual complications.
Radio 2000 programme manager Siyanda Fikelepi said the station will dedicate an entire 4 hours to educate the citizens of South Africa about this chronic condition.
(Issued by SABC, final editing by Issa Sikiti da Silva)