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Chronic disease finally getting the right attention

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 1st April 2019 08:43 PM

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also known as blood sugar is too high.

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Chief Medical Officer Wellington Clinic Dr. Kenneth Kabali speaking during a press conference while the clinic’s director Trevor Ariho looks on.PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also known as blood sugar is too high.

 
Patients suffering from long-term illnesses such as diabetes will spend less usual after Wellington Clinic launched a care cover package.
 
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also known as blood sugar is too high. Blood glucose is the main source of energy and comes from the food we eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy.
 
Dr. Kenneth Kabali, the Chief Medical Officer of Wellington Clinic said on average a diabetic patient spends between sh2m and sh2.5m, but with the new care cover package, patients will pay even less.
 
He said while the ordinary health plan is limited to covering diagnostics, prescribed medication, nursing and consultation charges, this plan includes home visits and monitoring equipment.
 
There are two types of diabetes, Type I diabetes which is only about 5% of all diabetes cases and is mostly found in children who are born with a malfunctioning pancreas that is unable to produce insulin. While type II diabetes which constitutes about 95% of all diabetes cases and develops in adulthood as a result of adopting unhealthy lifestyles.
 
Kabali added that they have agreed with the insurance companies on how much the patients will be paying for this package.
 
Speaking during the launch of the Care Cover Package, Trevor Ariho of Wellington diabetic and Heart clinic revealed that with this kind of package, patients will be receiving the right care at all times.
 
Kabali said diabetes is rapidly increasing every year, adding that at the clinic they treat about 1,000 patients annually.
 
Health experts have advised diabetic patients to strictly follow the health experts’ advice on how to manage the disease, particularly by regularly taking the medicines prescribed for them.
 
The experts said such patients should have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoiding foods and drinks with a high content of processed sugars like sodas and cakes, as well as foods with high content of fats.

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