ONE in every six people in Bahrain has diabetes, accounting for over 15 per cent of the total population.
This means over 150,000 people suffer from the disease in the country, with the death rate hitting 800 persons annually.
The alarming figures were discussed yesterday at a forum called ‘Largest Diabetes Awareness Lesson’, which was hosted by the Health Ministry at Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention and Spa.
“As per the recommendations from the National Committee for Non-Communicable Diseases, we are trying to reduce these numbers in Bahrain among women, as well as in children and adults,” said Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh.
“The promotion of this problem we are facing in Bahrain is very important because awareness about the incident among the public plays a big role.
“This session and the record are counted as first steps towards fighting this large prevalence of diabetes in the country.
“The session is something which sends the message that all of us have a role to play in tackling this increasing numbers in diabetes.
“It is not only the government or the health sector but as a society we need to fight the situation.
– Gulf Daily News