The Diabetes Association of Malawi has said the battle against the disease can only be won if everyone undergoes diabetes diagnosis and live a responsible life that protects them.
Timothy Ntambalika, president for the association, said this on Wednesday night at the Blantyre Sports Club during a public debate under the topicScience café organised by Malawi- Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) clinical research programme to discuss diabetes issues.
His remarks came after it was exposed during the debate that out of every 20 people that go for diabetes diagnosis everyday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, five are found diabetic.
The discussion also exposed that 2 500 people are diabetic in Blantyre alone and over 3 500 in the whole Southern Region.
A research being conducted by the College of Medicine and World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that Malawi has over one million people living diabetic, but most of them do not know.
Acting director of Diabetes Association and lecturer at the College of Medicine, Professor Moffat Nyirenda, said the world is sitting on a silent bomb.