There has been a rise in non-communicable diseases including hypertension, cancer, kidney failure and diabetes which could be linked to improper diet, Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister for Health, has disclosed.

To this effect, Mr Segbefia said, government had tasked the National Health Insurance Policy to ensure that provision was made under the policy to cover and sustain people living with such diseases.

He commended the National Diabetes Association for their efforts in fighting diabetes in the country and urged Ghanaians to eat substantial amounts of food in the mornings, enough in the afternoons and a little in the evenings, and advised that people with symptoms of frequent urination, visual problems and tiredness to promptly go for testing to know their status of the disease.

For her part, the President of the National Diabetes Association of Ghana, Mrs Elizabeth Esi Denyoh, noted that diabetes was a threatening disease which needed much awareness creation to avoid its escalation.

Mrs Denyo said to stay healthy, individuals needed to watch their diet, exercise more and avoid eating fruits in the evenings to prevent the rise in sugar level in the blood.

She stressed the need for government to support the cause of the Association and provide more interventions to address the problem, adding that most patients needed serious attention.

Diabetes is a chronic disease which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, leading to increased concentration of glucose in the blood.

According to the Diabetes Research Department of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, United States of America, there are three types on diabetes, namely Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that type one diabetes occurs when the body is not able to produce insulin and mostly occurs in children while type two occurs as a result of the body not being able to use the insulin produced by the body effectively which is often caused by excess body weight and physical inactivity, with Gestational diabetes occurring during pregnancy.

Across the globe, according to WHO statistics, there are about 14 million people living with the disease while four million people are known to be living with the disease in Ghana.

It is for this reason that WHO has set aside the 14th day of November, every year, to create awareness about the disease, advocate for support for people living with the disease and to educate people to stay healthy.

Here in Ghana, the celebration was marked at Big Ada, a district in the Greater Accra Region, on the theme: ‘Eyes on Diabetes’.

About 34,000 people across the country were screened for diabetes to mark the Day.

Source: ISD (Doris Sodjah & Chantal Aidoo)