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‘Ensure access to insulin for poor’

‘Ensure access to insulin for poor’

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said collective responsibilities of all are required to ensure access to insulin and other life-saving drugs at an affordable price for the poor, reports BSS.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed many fault-lines in our global health system. We must draw lessons from that experience to address the inequities that can be even more fatal for diabetes and other NCDs, she said.

The Prime Minister said this in a video message aired in the World Diabetes Congress-2022 as a 'Global Ambassador for Diabetes' in Lisbon, Portugal.

 On behalf of all diabetic patients and caregivers, she said, I call upon the world leaders to bring an immediate end to the Russia-Ukraine war. We must stop the international arms race and use the much-needed resources for our peoples' health and education.

We need to have a world of peace to make sure that we can reach the right treatment and care to everyone diagonosed with diabetes and related co-morbidities, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said international political will must be mobilized to invest in diabetes prevention, treatment and research.

The Prime Minister also said as the Global Ambassador she is committed to does her part to bring the matter to the attention of world leaders.

She called upon the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to join hands with World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant global health actors to help implement the Global Diabetes Compact.

There is no alternative to international financing for the prevention, treatment and research of diabetes, she added.