Uganda struggles to cope with rise in diabetes incidence

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7570.672-c (Published 28 September 2006)
Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:672.4

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  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. Kampala

    Doctors and government officials in Uganda are becoming increasingly concerned at the country's growing incidence of diabetes, which they attribute to changes in lifestyle and rising obesity. The number of people with diabetes is now thought to have passed a million, in a population of 28 million.

    The health ministry is embarking on an exercise to assess the problem, including the ability of the existing facilities to handle the growing number of patients, said Sam Okware, a commissioner in the health ministry.

    “We are carrying out an assessment of the seriousness of the disease, the mechanisms available …

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