UAE Red Crescent funded Diabetes Center inaugurated by PM Abbasi

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: UAE Red Crescent funded “The Diabetes Center” was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here at Phulgaran in the outskirts of the Islamabad to help early diagnosis and treatment of the disease, UAE ambassador to Pakistan Mr Hamad Obaid Alzaabi and Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Miss Saira Afzal Tarar also addressed on the occasion. The Diabetes Center, the first of its kind in Islamabad, was established with the generous support of the UAE Red Crescent, also known as Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).

Mr. Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, UAE ambassador to Pakistan in his opening address said Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and other charitable & humanitarian organizations of UAE are serving in health, education and infrastructure services programmes in those areas of Pakistan where communities lack the necessary basic services. UAE envoy said that UAE has been on the Pakistani scene since early and supported Pakistanis through carrying out projects that achieve additional gains for the vulnerable segments and enabled them to cope with their living conditions.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing on the occasion praised the significant humanitarian role of the UAE in Pakistan and its strong commitment to provide aid to the educational and health sectors and develop infrastructure and set up water desalination plants in various areas.

Prime Minister Abbasi said The Diabetes Centre, Inc. (TDC), has taken on the challenge of dealing with the diabetes and was playing a significant role in creating awareness, education, and health care delivery. He hoped the new centre at Phulgaran would cater to the needs of the people of areas adjoining the Federal Capital and Azad Kashmir.

He said the TDC was serving as a centre of excellence and offering comprehensive care to diabetics in Pakistan. He appreciated the provision of quality diagnostics and treatment to the patients besides its training initiative. The Prime Minister announced a grant of Rs 100 million for the centre and urged philanthropists to generously contribute to help expand its reach.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was informed that the TDC was focused on diabetes care, treatment and awareness and offered 12 specialized facilities under one roof. The clinic has to-date treated over 17,000 patients free of cost besides caring for around 500 patients per week who mainly come from various districts of northern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Diabetes prevalence in Pakistan is high, 12% of people above 25 years of age suffer from the condition and 10% have impaired glucose tolerance.

Minister for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar addressing the inaugural ceremony of diabetes clinic said that diabetes is on the rise – both globally and at national level and the government was striving to address this growing health challenge along with the global community.

Saira Afzal Tarar said that it is no longer a disease of predominantly rich as the prevalence of diabetes is steadily increasing among poor also. She said when diabetes is uncontrolled, it has dire consequences for health and well-being. she said that the government was committed to reducing the burden of diabetes as one of four priority non-communicable diseases (NCDs) under the Universal Health Coverage.

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