Lahore, 13 November 2020: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has announced a nationwide diabetic screening of 100,000 people on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, saying that about 200,000 people become disabled every year due to diabetes in Pakistan. PIMA will conduct various activities to spread awareness about the disease on November 14. Diabetic patients are more likely to have severe complications due to corona.
This was stated by PIMA Central President Dr Khubaib Shahid, Incharge PIMA Relief Dr Muhammad Afzal Mian, PIMA Punjab President Dr Imran Zafar and PIMA Lahore President Dr Muhammad Shakeel while addressing a joint press conference at Lahore Press Club on Thursday.
Dr. Khubaib Shahid warned that Covid-19 would continue to spread in the coming days, and that the nature of the disease this time around is more severe than the previous one. Precautions need to be taken and political and religious gatherings need to be cancelled. He demanded that government should ensure the compliance with standard operating procedure in public places, educational institutions, mosques and Hospitals.
Dr Muhammad Afzal Mian said that diabetes is a chronic disease. One in four people in Pakistan suffers from diabetes and the number is growing rapidly. To raise awareness, PIMA will conduct awareness walks, lectures and screening camps across the country. Free diabetes screening camps will be set up at more than 50 locations across the country, where an estimated 100,000 people will be screened. There are 20 free diabetes clinics across the country, providing free medicine and insulin to 3,000 registered patients by monthly. Diabetes awareness lectures will also be organized in Al-Khidmat Hospitals, including these clinics.