Lions Club of Capital City (LCCC) in Lilongwe has said there is need for more stakeholders to join hands in the fight against diabetes.
The remarks were made during LCCC sight testing, diabetes screening and awareness exercise held recently at Malikha Primary School in partnership with Canadian Vision Care.
LCCC president Pierre Mbisa said there has been an increase of people with diabetes; hence, the need for the awareness.
“We decided to do the exercise at Malikha community because it is one of the remote areas where people do not have access to information on diabetes and other diseases.
“If more stakeholders can come in, it will be easy to fight the disease,” he said.
Village head Malikha said screening exercises are essential, especially in rural areas.
“We used to have doctors from Nkhoma Mission Hospital [in Lilongwe] for sight testing, but it takes months for them to come. So, the coming in of LCCC will help the community,” he said. Malawi Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Injuries Poverty Commission report released of 2018 indicates that diabetes accounts for 2.4 percent of NCDs.