Dr Emmanuel Amissah, Head of the Diabetes Unit at the Central Regional Hospital has expressed concern over the alarming rate at which people living with the health condition were dying.
He said the mortality rate will continue to increase if measures were not put in place to curb the condition.
Dr Amissah expressed the concern during the inauguration of the Central Region Diabetes Association, Under the Theme: “Promoting Community Awareness of Diabetes.”
According to him, the number of people living with diabetes globally rose to 382 million in 2013, and said the figure was expected to increase to about 600 million by the year 2035.
Dr Amissah said the public had a major role to play in the awareness and prevention of the health condition, and urged people to make changes in their lifestyles.
The objective of the Association, he said, was to organise and educate diabetic patients, including the general public, on the nature of the disease.
Dr Amissah said the Association was also to create a forum for discussion, interactions and share common views and experiences from other members.
He expressed gratitude to Dr Nana Ama Barnes, Head of the Diabetes Unit at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, through whose initiative the Association was formed.
Dr Barnes appealed to diabetics to join the Association to acquaint themselves with the right information about the disease.
Dr Salifu Bawa, Senior Medical Officer of the Central Regional Health Directorate inaugurated the executives of the Association.
The executives include Dr Amissah as the Patron, Mrs Nancy Abbiw, Chairperson, Mr Emmanuel Amoah, Vice Chairman, Mr Daniel Bright Ntow-Kwafo, Secretary, Mrs Grace Anomafo, Assistant Secretary, Mr Joseph Benjamin Rockson , Financial Secretary, Mrs Catherine Coffie, Organizer and Mrs Gifty Coleman Treasurer. GNA