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‘Prevention of diabetes can save vision, lots of money’

‘Prevention of diabetes can save vision, lots of money’

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Health experts have suggested giving more attention to prevent diabetes to avoid blindness and save a huge amount of money every year.

They also suggested raising awareness about diabetes and its impact on individuals, families and national economy, says a press release.

They came up with the suggestion while speaking at a policy dialogue titled ‘Integrated Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Retinopathy Services – Reaching the Unreached’ at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.

“Overall, US$297 could be saved annually by preventing a single case of diabetes,” said Project Director of Centre for Global Health Research under Bangladesh Diabetic Samity (BADAS) Dr Bishwajit Bhowmik, citing several research publications at BMC Health Services.

Speaking at the event as the chief guest, Director General of Directorate General of Medical Education Prof AHM Enayet Hussain said there are some challenges, including cultural and educational barriers, in getting services to the people who are still unreached.

Orbis International, Bangladesh organised the dialogue in collaboration with partner organisations.

Presiding over the event, National Professor AK Azad Khan said Bangladesh can set up an example in healthcare service in the world “if we can pay proper attention to prevent disease.”

Country Director of Orbis International, Bangladesh Dr Munir Ahmed moderated the dialogue while Line Director for Non-communicable Disease Control at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Robed Amin and Line Director for Community Based Health Care Dr Masud Reja Kabir, World Health Organisation Medical Officer (NCD) Sadhana Bhagwat, Orbis International Project Manager Shafiqul Islam, Coordinator of Dr K Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital Mymensingh Saifuzzaman Parag and Bangladesh Post Executive Editor Shiabur Rahman Shihab, among others, spoke at the event.