Danish envoy appreciates govt initiatives to improve health of people

ISLAMABAD, Nov 13 (APP): Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Ole Thonke on Sunday appreciated the initiatives by government of Pakistan to safeguard health of people and improve their quality of life.
He was speaking at the Diabetes Awareness Walk and Blue lightening ceremony here in connection with 25th World Diabetes Day.
The ambassador highlighted the experiences from Denmark regarding diabetes awareness, prevention and control.
“With a strong national policy initiative and an extensive public private partnership including medical experts, Denmark has come a long way to prevent and treat diabetes. This partnership in Denmark is extended at global level including here in Pakistan where we work in close collaboration with relevant authorities and stakeholders,” said Ambassador Thonke.
The event, which was attended by more than 3000 people from the government, diplomatic corps, civil society, healthcare institutions, academia and media, was held as part of a collaboration with Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Danish pharma company Novo Nordisk Pakistan.
General Manager Novo Nordisk Pakistan Rana Azfar said that Nordisk was extremely grateful to President Mamnoon Hussain for supporting their initiative by taking a lead in raising awareness on an important need to adopt a healthier lifestyle to curb the high prevalence of diabetes among the people in Pakistan.
Azfar shared that the increasing prevalence in type 2 diabetes in Pakistan has developed alongside rapid social changes, ageing populations, increasing urbanization and especially poor dietary
habits and reduced physical activity.
“Encouraging good habits is a lifelong process which needs to start from early age, which is why Novo Nordisk is committed to supporting public awareness on the fight against diabetes at all levels.
The public must however also play their part by learning more about risk factors and leading healthy lifestyles and encouraging others to do so. Together, we can promote healthy communities and families and protect the future generations of Pakistan,” said Azfar.
Currently, over 7 million people are living with diabetes in Pakistan while another seven million are on the verge of developing diabetes if no preventive measures are taken.
It is estimated that the number of diabetic people in Pakistan may reach 14.4 million by 2040.