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Disturbing revelations about the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure

According to figures published by Professor Dinard Kouassi, Director of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and Dr Véronique Laubhouet Koffi, President of the League against Hypertension and Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure are increasing rapidly in Africa and Côte d'Ivoire. It was Thursday at the launch of research on the interrelationship between infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases, at the Zadi Kessy Marcel conference room of the Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE) in Taabo. Thus, according to Professor Kouassi, no official case of diabetes was known in Africa at the beginning of the last century. In 1970, there were only 170 known diabetics in Abidjan. Nowadays, more than 48,000 are registered and followed, which represents a prevalence of 10% of the patients, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which he cited. He also added that every decade, the number of diabetics increased by 2000 cases. However, WHO estimates that 70% of people with diabetes are unaware. As for Dr Laubhouet Koffi, the prevalence of high blood pressure rose from 10% in 1976 to 21% in 2006, reaching 30% in 2015 in Africa. For her, the alert and mobilization must be sounded to curb the progression of the scourge. Therefore, these two specialists in diabetes and high blood pressure have welcomed the advent of the study, which aims to deepen the links between infectious diseases (malaria and parasitic diseases) and both diseases (diabetes and High blood pressure), the cost of which is high. However, even before the study began, the two experts revealed that our daily behaviors are the factors that increase the risk of these diseases. These include our eating habits, the absence or inadequacy of the practice of sport, our unsanitary environment. For them, therefore, we must clean up our environment, review what we consume and promote the practice of sport, the simplest and most effective of which remains the march. They therefore welcomed and encouraged the project of which they said "wait a lot". Véronique Laubhouet Koffi conclude that the expected results will prevent many people "early death". At the initiative of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), in partnership with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), a research project to deepen the links between infectious diseases (malaria and Parasitic diseases) and noncommunicable diseases (diabetes and high blood pressure) will take place in Taabo-city and in two villages in the sub-prefecture of Taabo. The study was launched by the Prefect of Taabo, Ouattara Maténé and will last until the end of 2017.

Kassoum Diarrassouba Ivorian Press Agency(AIP)



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