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'Diabetes is not a death sentence'

By Pertunia Ratsatsi | Nov 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 22 ]

South Africans can live with diabetes as long as they eat well and stay active, first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma said in Pretoria during her World Diabetes Day address

Ngema-Zuma, whose mother lived with diabetes for more than 20 years, was speaking at Mercy Clinic in Winterveldt, where she donated a R1.2-million mobile clinic, which will now be permanently based there.

She said diabetes should not be seen as a killer disease when people are aware of it and know what to do. The mobile clinic has screened more than 45000 people since it was launched in 2007. Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk donated the clinic to Ngema-Zuma's foundation, who chose to give it to Mercy Clinic.

The clinic will now be a permanent place for treatment of diabetes and other incommunicable deceases.

Ngema-Zuma previously visited the clinic in 2010 to promote public awareness and education in diabetes.

"People in this community go all out to do better things for themselves," Ngema-Zuma said. "I have never seen such collaboration between the general public and a clinic, and it showed that when people work together they can achieve more.

"The way they wanted to make a difference for themselves showed me that they do not always want to depend but just need someone to hold their hand ... and I thought I could do my bit.

"I have no doubt that you will appreciate and guard it and make sure that its existence is of a lasting benefit to the community."

About 370-million people live with diabetes worldwide, and an estimated 6.5-million are South Africans.

Novo Nordisk's general manager Timmy Kedijang said the problem was that 50% of people living with diabetes did not know that they were suffering from the decease.

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Diabetes is a D!CK death sentence

Nov 15, 2012 8:6 | 0 replies

Shameless bloggers. Its unfortunate that your deep seated passionate hatred of the President has escalated to anything and everyone associated with him. Nothing in your face is good with a Zuma in it. But fortunatley for many objective South Africans, we can see the good that Mrs Zuma is doing. Well done Mama, keep up the good work. Many of us know you and recognize you for the wonderfull work you do for the community. Just to be clear, when I say many, I mean the majority poor people who do not have the privilage of the internet to insult rather to build !!!

Nov 15, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

bon-79-21. Where did you find any insult in any of the comments on this article?

Nov 15, 2012 10:26 | 0 replies

I wish I was one of Zuma's body guards, I was going to try my luck on this woman, eish!

Nov 15, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

Diabetes is worse then HIV-Aids, it can kill you within minutes but you don't find that with Aids - so I beg to differ with the 1st Lady no.4 - IT IS A DEATH SENTENCE..... just that it does not have any stigma attached to it.

Nov 15, 2012 11:4 | 0 replies

Laqaha, she does look very elegant, doesn't she.

Nov 15, 2012 11:20 | 0 replies

@antie
Indeed she does.

Nov 15, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

wish zuma was diabetic! so he can stop making bambinos, 21? too much!

Nov 15, 2012 11:36 | 0 replies

Mobile but permanently based there? Sowetan copywriter again.

Nov 15, 2012 1:9 | 0 replies

It is death sentence.. n it continues to generations!

Nov 15, 2012 1:32 | 0 replies

Charles Taylor, no you don't. I just tested your comment by showing this article to the 1st four you South Africans around, and not one knew who the lady in the photo was. You're obviously one of the lucky few with inside contacts.

Nov 15, 2012 9:25 | 0 replies