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Ugandan diabetes crisis

29th September 2006

There is increasing concern amongst doctors and government officials in Uganda over the country’s growing incidence of diabetes.

In a population of 28 million the number of people with diabetes is now thought to have passed a million. Uganda has 560 000 registered people with diabetes, but an additional 560 000 patients may have the disease unknowingly. The increase in incidence is being linked to changes in lifestyle and rising obesity.

Sam Okware, a commissioner in the health ministry said that the health ministry is beginning an exercise to assess the problem, including looking at the ability of the existing facilities to handle the growing number of patients.

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