Members of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) have converged in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Wednesday 14th November 2019 where they elected new executive officers that will lead the association for the next three years.
During the meeting, the association unanimously resolved that the former executive officers including the president, vice President 1, secretary general, assistant secretary, assistant secretary 2, treasurer, welfare Officer and Ex-officio should be retained having been satisfied with their performance.
However, there was election into the offices of the national publicity secretary, vice President North West and vice President South-west.
The new national officers are: Dr Alkali Mohammed, president, Ejiofor Ugwu, Vice president 1, Aisha Indo Lawan, Vice president North West, Dr I.F Korubo, Vice president South South, Alhaji Bolarinwan Dauda, Vice president South West, Bernard Enyia, Secretary general, BNK Adejonwo, Assistant secretary 1, and Salisu Muazu, Assistant secretary 2.
Others are; Modupe Salam, Treasurer, Najib Sani, Publicity Secretary and Josephine Aregbesola, Welfare Officer. While the ex-officio are Prof Sunday Chinenye and Hajiya Uwa Shehu Abubakar.
According to a press statement by the national Publicity Secretary of the Association Najib Sani, the Congress have also during the meeting discussed on the problems facing diabetes patients in Nigeria and observed that the disease has attained great significance in the sub-saharan region with Nigeria being the most affected.
“The Congress therefore proffered some recommendations on how to tackle the disease as follows: Massive education on the menace of the disease and how to properly manage it.
“That government should subsidize diabetes drugs and treatments to enable the poor who live with the disease manage it well and Provision of foot care facilities as some of the measures to mitigate amputation of limbs among diabetics.
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“The Congress also advised diabetics on self care through healthy eating, good meal timing habits, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, proper use of medication and self monitoring of glucose as some of the ways of managing the disease,” he said.