Ekochin made this known while speaking at a seminar on Tuesday at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) College of Medicine, where the 2017 edition of world diabetes day was marked.
Speaking in line with the theme of the seminar, “The Challenges of Managing Diabetes in Women in a Resource Constrained Setting’’ Ekochin said being cautious of what one eats help in preventing diseases especially diabetes.
“Diabetes is a common disease in the society today. However, it can be prevented and managed if proper care is taken on the type of food and diet we eat each day.
“I appeal to women, especially pregnant women, to be cautious over their food intake as well as learning to eat in moderation,’’ he said.
The commissioner appreciated the Diabetes Association of Nigeria for organizing the seminar which was channeled to enlightening members of the public on diabetes.
The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Frank Ezeugwu, urged the general public to participate in the seminar, to enable them to understand the danger, prevention and management of the disease.
Speaking to women he said:
“I will urge all women, especially the pregnant women, to always go for regular blood glucose (sugar) test for early detection and treatment or for prevention’’.
Also commending participants at the event, the state Chairman of the association, Dr Ejiofor Ugwu said:
“The seminar is all about how to manage diabetics in pregnant women in order to prevent maternal mortality.
“We are also urging women, especially pregnant ones, to develop the attitude of a regular test as this will go a long way to prevent the disease,’’.
In appreciation for the event successfully conducted, two participants, Mr Walter Ukwuigwe and Mrs Ujunwa Udechi, explained the seminar to be a highly educative one, adding that it would make an impact in their lives.