Stakeholders on Monday known as on the Federal Authorities to empower diabetes sufferers to ensure that them to remain wholesome.
Additionally, they known as on the federal government to additional improve the tax on the sugar sweetened drinks (SSBs) to a minimum of N30 per litre.
They spoke in Abuja at a press convention organized by the Nationwide Motion on Sugar Discount (NASR) to mark this yr’s World Diabetes Day.
In her handle, the Dean, Medical and Medical Faculty, College of Abuja, Professor Felicia Anumah, mentioned it’s pertinent for the federal government to help the diabetes’ sufferers, including that the illness ‘isn’t low-cost to handle’.
Anumah, who famous that a few of the sufferers couldn’t afford to care for themselves, known as for the subsidy on their drugs.
She, nevertheless, known as on all Nigerians to go for an early prognosis to know their standing, including that prevention is essentially the most advisable means of treating the illness.
Additionally talking, the Programme Coordinator, Undertaking Pink One, Gloria Chineye Okwu, known as for the increment of the SSB tax from N10 to N30 per litre, arguing that the hike in value would discourage the consumption of the sugar sweetened drinks and non-alcoholic drinks within the nation.
She known as on the federal government to channel the income generated from the SSB tax to the availability of well being care to serve some Nigerians residing with the illness.