Cyprus Mail

Nurses the focus of ministry in fight against diabetes

The health ministry will this year pay tribute to the important role that nurses and other health care workers carry out in assisting patients with diabetes, it said on Thursday.

Ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14, the health ministry said that in 2003 a total of 75,000 Cypriots had diabetes – or about ten per cent of the population at the time.

It also emphasised that the trends globally indicate that these figures will increase.

As of 2017, there were 58 million people with diabetes in Europe and it is expected that by 2045 this number will rise to 67 million.

The ministry said that health care systems will face difficulties due to the rising number of people with diabetes and one way to handle the issue is to continue investing in nurses.

“The nurse is the link between the person with diabetes and other health care professionals,” it said.

“Investing in nursing greatly contributes to the prevention and management of diabetes and in the long run helps save resources.”

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