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  • The Ministry of Health is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica to stage a public forum on diabetes on Thursday (April 7).
  • Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (April 5), Director of Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Tamu Davidson-Sadler, said that the event is geared towards increasing awareness about diabetes, which is a major public health issue around the world.
  • World Health Day is being observed on WHO’s inception anniversary under the theme: ‘Stay Super: Beat Diabetes’.

The Ministry of Health is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica to stage a public forum on diabetes on Thursday (April 7).

The forum, under the theme: ‘Reversing Diabetes: a Possibility or Dream’, will get underway at 6:00 p.m. at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.

The event, in observance of World Health Day, will address issues relating to diabetes and living with the condition.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (April 5), Director of Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Tamu Davidson-Sadler, said that the event is geared towards increasing awareness about diabetes, which is a major public health issue around the world.

Citing statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), she said there are 350 million persons living with diabetes globally and the figure is expected to rise significantly over the next 20 years “if nothing is done to stop it.”

According to the WHO, approximately 1.5 million people die from diabetes globally every year.

Dr. Tamu Davidson-Sadler is inviting the public to come out for the event, which is free of cost.

The first 50 people will receive free testing from the Diabetes Association of Jamaica. There will also be physical activity and healthy eating sessions conducted by representatives from the Ministry of Health.  Persons living with diabetes, including two artistes, will share their experiences.

World Health Day is being observed on WHO’s inception anniversary under the theme: ‘Stay Super: Beat Diabetes’.