The Indian Cultural Association in Lagos and Bhojraj Chanrai Foundation, have imported a technology worth about $40,000 for free non-invasive early detection of diabetes among Nigerians.
The association’s president, Sanjay Jain, told journalists in Lagos that the technology was meant to facilitate the operations of the association’s newly established free diabetes detection camps in Lagos.
Jain said the Indian community in Nigeria had always had the interest of “needy Nigerians” at heart, and decided to import the technology for detecting diabetes seven years before complications.
“This new technology machine has been bought and imported to Nigeria, at the cost of $40,000. And, it is the only non-invasive detection system so far, with simple scanning test.
“We have found out that Type 2 Diabetes is the commonest in Nigeria today, and that more than six million people in the country, currently have diabetes.
“Medical findings have shown that Nigeria, unfortunately, currently has the highest mortality rate from diabetes,” he said. Head of the Indian charitable organisation enjoined the public, especially those living in Lagos State, to avail themselves of the free diabetes testing scheduled for Saturday, March 18 and Saturday, March 25.
“On these two Saturdays, we are going to organise free testing camps at our centre at No. 2 Cappa Avenue, Palmgrove Estate, Ilupeju, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
“Whoever wishes to benefit from this free testing for diabetes should come for the test. It is completely free for all, “he said. The president said that Indians had discovered that the high mortality rate from diabetes in Nigeria was due to improper diagnosis and expensive nature of its management.
He said that with the new technology, it would become easier and more accessible for more people to be diagnosed and counseled on how best to manage diabetes free of charge.
Jain said the benefits of the new system include early detection, no drawing of blood, quick test within six seconds, no fasting or pre-conditioning, different from traditional diagnostic methods and immediate test results.