14pc of population has diabetes: Health Ministry

Pictures from the World Diabetes Day screening event conducted by Addu Equatorial Hospital nurses on November 14, 2020 | Photo: Addu Equatorial Hospital

Malé, Maldives – Ministry of Health has revealed that 14 percent of the Maldivian population has diabetes.

In a statement issued on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the Ministry said that diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable diseases in Maldives.

The recently released “Step Survey 2020-2021” shows that 14 percent of the population now has diabetes. In 2018, the World Health Organization reported that 3.7 percent of deaths in Maldives were due to diabetes.

According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), Maldives has an adult population of 404,700, of which 27,000 have diabetes, meaning that 6.7 percent of the adult population in Maldives has diabetes.

To mark World Diabetes Day 2022 under the theme “education to protect tomorrow,” the International Diabetes Federation has launched a global survey to explore the levels of access that healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes have to diabetes education.