WASHINGTON DC —
Zimbabwe is one of the three countries selected by the International Diabetes Federation to set up preventative foot care centers at Harare and Parirenyatwa hospitals to cater for diabetic patients.
Zimbabwe Diabetic Association chief Ngoni Chigwana says his organisation is partnering with the health ministry, University of Zimbabwe and the International Diabetes Federation to set up the foot care centers which are expected to be launched next month.
Diabetes is one of the world’s silent killers and according to Chigwada 10% of the country’s population is affected by the disease. There were 600,670 cases of diabetes in Zimbabwe in 2013.
Experts say diabetes cases are on the increase in Zimbabwe and according to the International Diabetic Association, 382 million people have diabetes in the world and by 2035 this is expected to rise to 592 million.