The Olusegun Obasanjo Health Foundation on Friday disclosed that, it would screen 10 million Nigerians from across the federation for diabetes within the next one year.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Dr. Olalekan Makinde made this known at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state while briefing newsmen as part of activities to mark the year 2021 world diabetes day.
Earlier in his remarks, Obasanjo said diabetes had no known cure yet and had continued to claim lives yearly, advising those living with diabetes to manage the disease well by maintaining good healthy lifestyle, saying diabetes, although has no known cure, but it is not a killer disease.
Obasanjo said he was diagnosed of diabetes over 40 years ago, saying he has been able to survive the disease by maintaining good healthy diet and regular exercise.
Obasanjo said : “Diabetes is a disease that affect people across the globe. It is not limited by age, race, geographical location, social position, religious beliefs or political association.
“It is a disease that strikes you whether you are white, black or yellow. And it is a disease that, for now, there is no known cure, but it can be managed like other diseases that have no cure.
“And to know that it can be managed, I think I’m a typical example, I have been diagnosed diabetic for more than 40 years ago. And the fact that after 40 years of been diabetic, I’m still alive, kicking and walking about, doing within limit all the things that I would want to do, carrying out my exercises and going places is an indication that if you are diabetic, you can manage it.
“And it is simple, there are do’s and don’ts once you know that you are a diabetes patient, stick to the dos and move away from the don’ts and then you can live for as long as God as destined you to live in active service to humanity and to God.
“Let us mark this diabetes day with resolve by those of us who are diabetic to do what is right.
“And those of you who are close to us, diabetes patients, make sure that you do not inadvertently continue to commit suicide by not doing what you should do and by doing what we should not do.”