Doctors warn mining leads to increased rates of diabetes

Be Mindful Of Your Diets, Doctors Warn

Lack Of Proper Management Of One’s Diet And Lack Of Awareness Are The Main Causes Of Diabetes In Papua New Guinea, According To Doctors.

Lynette Kil | Post Courier | July 20, 2017

Lack of proper management of one’s diet and lack of awareness are the main causes of diabetes in Papua New Guinea, according to doctors.This was revealed by secretary of the Diabetic Association in Papua New Guinea, Dr Joyce Sauk during a cheque presentation by the Malaysian charity organization in Port Moresby yesterday (July 19).

“Managing diet in PNG has been a concern and challenge for health workers in the country especially the diabetic foundation,” said Dr Sauk.

She added that not only people in urban centres were diagnosed but also in the rural areas due to the influx of Cash in the areas were mining activities were taking place resulting in change of the diet.

Dr Sauk said a data base system is needed for proper planning in addressing the issue.

“The foundation is currently working on creating one.

“We have been relying on the data provide by World Diabetic foundation five years ago and we need fresh data updated to manage diabetes  in PNG,” said Dr Sauk.

She added that funding is also a problem.

“We are currently relying on donors, as we do not get funding from the health department to implement plans and I thank Malaysian charity organisation for its K20,000 cheque donations to assist the foundation,” said Dr Sauk

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