In administering treatment to high-blood pressure and diabetes patients yesterday at the Miatta Conference Hall, the First Lady Mrs Sia Koroma cautioned against the eating of plantain, foo foo and white rice which she said carry 98 grams of carbohydrates. She urged all to eat more of brown rice, cous-cous and bulgur which carry less carbohydrate.
The Sierra Leone Alliance Network (SLAN) is giving free health care on high blood pressure and diabetes treatment worth $50,000 to patients, in collaboration with Youth for Sierra Leone, Kissy Development Organization, PLAN International and the Office of Diaspora Affairs.
Explaining the impact of high blood pressure and diabetes in the country, Mrs Koroma said statistics provided by the World Health Organization put the figure at more than 65,000 Sierra Leoneans with diabetes and the number is expected to double by 2030.
A certified nurse herself, the First lady recommended that people should keep the 45 and 65 grams every 2-3 hours with a maximum of 165 grams of carbohydrates per day based on 2,000 carlories diet. She cautioned that carbohydrates could be substituted with meat or fish.
She however acknowledged the good will by SLAN for presenting $50,000 worth of medication to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation which will add to the sustained assistance to reduce the nation’s health risk by making sensible choices in diet and exercise.
Wife of the Vice President, Kadiatu Sam-Sumana, also a certified nurse, gave the signs of diabetes as very tired, frequent urination, acute hunger and dry and itching skin and sores.
Dr Fuad Sheriff, chairman of SLAN said his organization comprised young and talented professionals based in the United States who are ready to improve and develop the country in the areas of health and culture.
Health Minister, Dr Soccoh Kabia said health was an important contributor to national development whose importance government recognizes. He said debilitating health especially among adults would frustrate government’s efforts in bringing socio-economic development to the national wealth.