REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Joining forces with Lions club to fight diabetes

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 26, 2017 – The Lions Club has pledged to support the Ministry of Health to fight Non-Communicable Diseases specifically diabetes and its complications.

The incoming President for the Lions Club International, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal made the pledge when he paid a courtesy call on the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa       Mailu in his office on Wednesday.

People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes eye disease. Currently there are one million persons living with diabetes and the problem is growing very fast and so are the complications. The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a growing world epidermic that is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040.

The CS commended the Lions Club International for supporting health services in the country  through the Lions Sight first Hospital in Loresho. The hospital has offered close to 100,000 high quality specialized eye surgeries, which has greatly contributed towards reducing the burden of blindness in Kenya.

The Lions Club is planning to launch a countrywide comprehensive programme on diabetes management and its complication using modern technology. The Incoming President acknowledged the cordial working relationship with the ministry and disclosed that the club will work with the ministry to promote diabetes education and awareness, screening at community level and treatment in centers such as Lions Pwani, MP Shah, Sabatia Eye Hospital and Lions Sight First Hospital.

The Lions Club International is having an annual regional convention in Nairobi, Kenya.