PESHAWAR: The prevalence of diabetes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has reached to an alarming 19.2% affecting almost every 6th person in the province, revealed a survey report of Diabetes Treatment and Lifestyle Knowledge (D-TALK) conducted by Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC), Peshawar. The survey also found that 13% are prediabetes which means every 7-8th person is about to become diabetic, if no necessary steps are taken into consideration.
The survey was carried out among 6000 general population in Haripur and Karak districts of KP through D-TALK, a pilot project of DFID funded Sub-National Governance Programme (SNG), implemented by HMC. The findings of the survey were shared with the media and other stakeholders at the result sharing event of D-TALK in Peshawar.
Tested for a period of 18 months based on the idea of ‘prevention is cost-effective than cure’, the D-TALK project was designed to address diabetes related primary and secondary health care levels issues of diagnosis, treatment, control of the complication of diabetes and prevention through change in lifestyle. The model was tested in six districts which included Haripur, Nowshera, Buner, Karak, D.I.Khan and Lakki Marwat.
Speaking at the result sharing event as a chief guest, Provincial Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai endorsed the idea as a successful model for replication in the province. “The findings of the survey is very alarming for the province and the Government of KP is committed for financing ideas which can help prevent diabetes at primary level”, said Tarakai.
The Deputy Speaker KP Assembly Meher Taj Roghani speaking at the event emphasized on the need of legislation and balanced diet for diabetic control in the province. “I assure you of my support for any kind of legislation which can help control and prevent the diabetes in the province”, said Roghani.
Prof A.H. Aamir, Director DTALK, presented details about the project and expressed the need for introducing the diabetic prevent course at school level. “We need to plan for the future and children can help us all for being the change agents to control diabetes in the country”, said Aamir.
Secretary Education KP, Shahzad Khan Bangash while speaking on the occasion expressed his commitments for introducing key messages in the school curriculum. “We are ready to provide any support and changes can be made in the text books and teacher training manuals accordingly”, said Bangash.
The project generated demand by creating awareness among the masses and providing services for diagnosis, training and control of the developing complications in diabetic mellitus. For this purpose doctors and paramedics were trained for the diagnosis and proper management of diabetes through a group of master trainers trained at HMC, Peshawar. Dedicated training and filed manuals were also developed during this period and different screening and awareness sessions were held in remote villages of the districts. Started in October 2015, the D-TALK pilot project has successfully completed its project period this April. More detailed results of the project will be shared with the Government of KP after an impact evaluation exercise, to scale-up the idea for the entire province.