According to the Minister of Health, Professor Adewole, about 4 million Nigerians are suffering from Diabetes Mellitus, accounting for about 25 percent of the total diabetic burden in Africa. About 15 million persons are diabetic in Africa.
The minister said this at the 2017 SANOFI Diabetic summit in Lagos. About 5 million Nigerians are said to die annually from Diabetes and Diabetes related illness such as stroke, kidney failure, heart disease and foot gangrene.
The minister who was represented by the CMD of Lagos University Teaching Hospital added that to address the ugly situation his ministry is to set up 390 diabetic clinics all over the country.