Statistics from the Busia Department of Health and Sanitation have revealed that Diabetes prevalence rate in the County stands at 1.9 per cent of the total population of 951,000.
However, out of 17,000 people who are believed to be living with diabetes, only 12,000 are undergoing treatment in the health facilities while 5,000 are unaccounted for.
The Chief Officer Public Health, Jonathan Ino said cumulatively 12,963 people have been screened across the County with women being the most affected accounting for 8,563 cases compared to 4,400 for men.
Speaking during celebration of the World Diabetes Day event held at Ikonzo Model Health Centre in Butula Sub County, Ino disclosed that 240 patients are on insulin treatment, 4,664 oral medication, 570 drugs and insulin, while 3,369 are being supported to access healthy diets.
“We encourage locals to shun herbal medicines and have faith with our health facilities which have qualified and professional healthcare workers,” said the Chief Officer.
The remarks were echoed by the County Clinical Officer, Dorah Mutonyi who underscored the importance of residents coming out to know their status for early diagnosis and proper treatment to prevent complications of diabetes.
“Let us take the responsibility of knowing our diabetes status to protect ourselves from the effects and cost of treatment,” said Ms Mutonyi, who further urged expectant mothers to be watchful.
The World Bank Primary Integrated Care for 4 Chronic Diseases (PIC4C) project Administrator, Lillian Lusimbo said they have made several interventions that have scaled up provision of services in the County for the benefit of patients with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
“Through the PIC4C project we have provided support in terms of monitoring tools among them blood pressure machines and glucometer machines to ensure patients are able to monitor their blood sugar and pressure,” she disclosed.
A victim of diabetes, Eunice Nabwire, 40 years narrated how her leg was amputated due to her failure to observe advice from medics.
“After having been confirmed to have type 1 diabetes in 2007 I strictly adhered to the instructions by the healthcare workers until 2017 when some people misguided me into herbal medicine,” she said.
“The move left me in a pathetic state one year later forcing me back to hospital where my left leg was amputated in Tenwek Hospital, Bomet County due to the wound that had failed to heal,” said Nabwire.
Also present were the County Health Administrator, Ali Atemba, Health Promotion Officer Nelson Andanje, Community Health Services Coordinator Emmanuel Luvai and partners including Nutritional International.
During the event screening for blood pressure and diabetes was conducted with health education on both conditions also provided.