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Danish envoy's special focus on diabetic children

"It is estimated in Pakistan obesity has been tripled and blood pressure doubled since 2009. This makes 9.6 million children in Pakistan either overweight or obese, out of which diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions to affect these children." This was stated by the Danish Ambassador, HE Ole E. Moesby during his visit to the SOS Children's Village in Rawalpindi.

Ambassador Moesby visited SOS Rawalpindi to meet teachers, families and children and speak to them about how to improve life quality through good healthcare. Ambassador Moesby also spoke about general health issues among children and the importance of establishing collaboration among teachers, parents and organisations in creating awareness on primary prevention of diabetes and issues of childhood obesity in particular.

"With more than 7 million diabetic patients in Pakistan, around five percent of them are young children. However, these figures may be much higher, since many children, especially from poor and rural areas remain undiagnosed, as their parents or teachers often misdiagnose it as the flu and do not seek doctor's advice for a proper diagnosis, which creates a lot of health issues and impacts the quality of life for these children.

Type-2 diabetes can be prevented through increasing physical activities and having a good diet plan, so a few preventive measures can help curb such a fatal disease. Awareness and education are the key words for prevention and cure," said Ambassador Moesby.

SOS Village Chairperson, Mrs Nasim Muzaffar appreciated Ambassador Moesby's commitment to advocating for awareness on healthcare. Ms Muzaffar stated that SOS Village is providing a home and social environment for orphaned children across Pakistan but required the support of donors from both public and private sectors to continue giving these children access to quality education, health and a 'fair start' in life.

The Danish Ambassador also met with Ms Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President's Co-ordinator on Social Sectors to acknowledge the significant activities, which have been initiated to improve healthcare systems in Pakistan. The Danish Ambassador appreciated that Pakistan has been focusing on a public health system that places a high priority on communicable diseases and maternal and child health services and a private health system driven by curative medicine.

He, however, emphasised that there is also need for a comprehensive health response to diabetes that addresses prevention, treatment, care and support needed for people with diabetes. Ambassador Moesby highlighted that there is need for more advocacy and partnership with different agencies that can bring in the desired changes in the life of every person living with diabetes.

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