Founder of the Lilongwe-based Community Against Diabetes and Hypertension (Cadh), Olive Kadzakumanja, has called for enhanced efforts in fighting diabetes and hypertension in the country.
She said this at the group’s annual peer supporter get-together in Lilongwe on Saturday where participants voiced out and discussed challenges people suffering from the diseases are facing. Kadzakumanja said everyone should get involved in this fight.
“It is important on the part of government to ensure that enough efforts are being channeled towards the fight against diabetes and hypertension in the country. Family members of affected patients should join the fight,” she said.
Kadzakumanja also advised participants to observe health eating practices. The retired nurse said she voluntarily helps about 15 patients every day at her base at Kawale Township in Lilongwe.
Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) executive director George Jobe has called on government and other stakeholders to help organisations working tirelessly in the field of health to improve lives of Malawians.
National Coordinator for non-communicable diseases and mental health in the Ministry of Health, Dan Banda, said government will continue raising awareness and step up the fight against non-communicable diseases in the country.
Cadh, founded in 2015, has 30 member groups and has so far reached out to 1 080 people.