- Danish envoy says Pakistan ranks 9th in carrying obesity, with 8th largest population having diabetes
NATHIAGALI: In Pakistan, the number of diabetes and obesity suffering patients is alarming and it has to go an extra mile to eliminate the diseases from the country and prevent its spread in youth, said Rolf Michael Hay Pereira Holmboesaid, the ambassador of Denmark.
He was speaking in conference, organised by the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies, held here regarding awareness on diabetes and obesity rise in the country. The ambassador said that Pakistan ranks 9th in carrying obesity and with 8th largest population having diabetes.
“A lot of work has to be done to eliminate these diseases from the country,” he said. He said that Denmark was amongst the world’s healthiest nations in the world and focusing maximum on health of the youth. “Denmark will extend its full support to Pakistan in health sector,” he announced.
He said that the campaign launched by the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies holds the potential and would contribute in lowering the ranks of the country carrying these diseases. Pakistan Endocrine Society President Prof Dr Ali Jawa said that the conference brings a rare opportunity for exchange of expertise and experiences.
He said that a study has been conducted by collecting data of more than 19,000 subjects from across the country including interior Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Area.
He said that the study has been conducted by the Hayatabad Medical Complex of Peshawar in collaboration with the Pakistan Endocrine Society as well as the University of Manchester, University of Glasgow and Khyber Medical College University.
Since its inception, Pakistan Endocrine Society has encouraged doctors and medical students to conduct and present their research data. The society takes pride in informing that we have had dedicated sessions for presenting research data at our annual and mid-summer conferences, year after year.
“This year is no exception as well. We solicited abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the Summit and received more than 50 abstracts,” he said. Dr Jawa said that the society was a professional organisation that has actively been involved in promoting educational and research activities in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism by giving research and travel grants to young fellows to pursue their career in endocrinology since its formation in 2001.