Ministry of Health Launches Diabetes Awareness Campaign in Rwanda.
As part of activities to marked the World Diabetes Day , with the theme: ‘Eyes on Diabetes’’ The Rwanda  Ministry of Health, through Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), has launched a weeklong diabetes awareness campaign ahead of the World Diabetes Day, yesterday, in Kigali, and it runs from today through November 14 when the World Diabetes Day will be marked.  The World Diabetes Day is marked annually to unite the global diabetes community to create a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy, and engaging governments, individuals and communities to bring the diabetes epidemic into the public spotlight and on national agenda, also the launch yesterday involved mass sports, free medical examination activities, including screening of diabetes, heart diseases, eye diseases, body mass index, waist circumference, and giving information about diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Speaking to The New Times, Dr Marie-Aimée Muhimpundu, the head of the NCDs Division at RBC, said the campaign is meant to raise awareness not only on diabetes and its risk factors alone but also other NCDs, and the Campaign activities throughout the week will include provincial NCDs screening activities and mass sports in four provincial headquarters’ towns; Karongi, Rwamagana, Nyanza and Musanze, and The screening package will include body mass index, blood pressure, and eye check up. On the part of sensitisation, activities will include lighting the Kigali Convention Centre dome in blue (the colour of world diabetes day), two diabetes awareness half-marathons, and mass media campaigns on radio stations, TVs and newspapers aiming at improving the understanding and knowledge of diabetes among Rwandans and showing the importance of sports in combating diabetes.

PSN Conference Kicks Off in Minna Tomorrow

According to a programme of events released by the PSN president, Pharm .Ahmed Yakassai, No fewer than 2, 500 members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) will converge on Minna, the Niger State capital for the annual national conference of the society, and the conference will begin tomorrow, November 8, 2016, at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, with the theme,  “Pharmacists’ Contribution to National Health Development.”

The programme of events made available to LEADERSHIP indicated that a team of the PSN officials will pay a courtesy call on the Emir of Minna, Alhaji (Dr) Umar Farouk Bahago and former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, and The programme indicated that the official opening ceremony will be performed tomorrow, Tuesday, while the conference is expected to end by Friday.

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