Diabetes costs Turkey a quarter of health budget

International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has warned that by the mid-2030s "there could be 600 million people with diabetes unless urgent action is taken on prevention."

Diabetes costs Turkey a quarter of health budget

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey spent 44 billion Turkish liras on health in 2012, with one fourth of the figure being used for treatment of diabetes, Minister of Labor and Social Security Faruk Celik stated Friday.

Celik expressed there had been a 100% increase in the number of diabetic patients between 2008-2012 while speaking at the press conference of the International Diabetes Leadership Forum in Istanbul.

Diabetes affects 382 million people globally with another 300 million people headed toward developing diabetes, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) President Michael Hirst said.

He warned that by the mid 2030s "there could be 600 million people with diabetes unless urgent action is taken on prevention," stressing hundreds of millions remained undiagnosed, and therefore untreated.

Referring to the World Health Assembly’s meeting last May, Hirst reminded that governments across the world had signed an agreement with the target of improving people's access to essential medicines.

“It’s absolutely true that we have a complete political framework for taking action on diabetes in every single country,” Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at Novo Nordisk Lisa Kingo also stated.

The two-day Forum, during which world leaders will discuss the illness which affects 382 million people, is endorsed by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Turkish Diabetes Foundation, Turkish Diabetes Association and Turkish Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism with the support of Novo Nordisk.

Meanwile, a new ‘medula system’ has been introduced for the pre-diagnosis of diabetic patients which will measure blood glucose levels.

Both the patient's blood pressure and weight information will be recorded on the system, which will be followed by the patient's doctor and relatives through 3G in case of an emergency.

The system’s pilot scheme will start being used on December 15.

Last Mod: 15 Kasım 2013, 16:00
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