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Doctor Armindo Tiago, President of the Mozambican Diabetic Association, AMODIA. [Photo: Voa Portugues]
The Mozambican Diabetic Association (Amodia) says the country has over 1.5 million diabetes patients.
Mozambique has over 1.5 million individuals suffering from diabetes. But, speaking on World Diabetes Day, president of the Mozambican Diabetic Association Armindo Tiago said the number was only likely to grow.
Those living with the disease, like Maria Augusta Machipissa, experience daily difficulties.
Sixty-two-year-old Maputo resident Machipissa discovered she was diabetic 26 years ago. It was a big shock, and she suffers to this day. All the toes on her right foot had to be amputated, and she nearly went blind.
Many like Maria suffer from a disease that is a genuine public health problem in Mozambique. Amodia’s Armindo Tiago says the rising trend in the number of cases reported across the country is worrying.
Doctor Tiago explains that diabetes, which is characterised by high blood sugar levels, is a chronic disease which can be very dangerous and lead to many complications. Exercise and a healthy diet is his advice for us all, but they are mandatory, he says, for patients with diabetes, regardless of the seriousness of their condition.
Source: Voa Portugues
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