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Nigerian govt says 2.8% of adult in the country suffer from Diabetes

Mr Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerians to embrace healthy living to guard against diabetes.

Lawal made the call at a news conference jointly organised by the SGF and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to commemorate the 2016 World Health Day.

He said the theme of the Day, “Beat Diabetes Mellitus”, was timely considering the level of prevalence of the ailment in Nigeria in particular, and the world at large .

“I am informed that close to 2.8 per cent of Nigeria’s adult population is living with diabetes.

“This figure, experts confirm, will only increase, except we adopt healthy lifestyles that can limit the devastating effects of the ailment.

“Diabetes is a disease that can be managed medically, if detected early.

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