The Department of Health and Social Protection is launching the national campaign to prevent complications from chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, on Wednesday 7 December 2022, we learn from a Department press release.
In a statement published this Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the department headed by Khalid Aït Taleb indicates that these diseases, given their high prevalence and constant increase, are among the greatest public health problems, knowing that their Detection and control are still insufficient. despite their powerful impact on increasing cardiovascular and renal risk.
These diseases are therefore a real medical, social and economic problem for the country and for this reason the Department of Health and Social Protection is launching a national campaign to prevent complications from chronic diseases, especially diabetes and hypertension.
Without a preventive approach, the number of patients with these chronic diseases will continue to increase. In fact, the factors that favor these pathologies are always present.
“It is now clearly established that a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and the resulting obesity are all predictors of cardiovascular risk, particularly the risk of arterial hypertension, which is commonly associated with type 1 diabetes 2 if these factors come together in the context of a metabolic syndrome, with a multiplicative effect on the overall cardiovascular risk,” explains the Ministry in its press release.
This national campaign to prevent complications from chronic diseases is therefore justified by the urgent need to raise public awareness and highlight the importance of early detection of diabetes and arterial hypertension in high-risk patients, which allows prompt treatment to avoid complications.
Proper management of diabetes and/or hypertension prevents the development of serious and costly complications and reduces premature mortality, the statement said.
The recommendations of the Ministry of Health emphasize the importance of smoking cessation, as well as changing eating habits and introducing regular physical activity to control one’s weight, considering these measures as integral parts of the care of each patient associated with drug treatment.
Morocco continues to increase its investments in the treatment and prevention of diabetes and hypertension to ensure access to treatment for all people living with these diseases, which can only be controlled through coordinated and concerted action between decision-makers, health professionals and the various partners, including the Patients themselves, as these diseases involve both individual and collective responsibilities.
In this regard, the Department of Health and Welfare assists more than 1 million diabetics and more than 1.8 million hypertensive patients in primary health care settings.
Despite the Kingdom’s efforts to prevent diabetes, reduce inequalities in access to diagnostics and care, and integrate its administration into all services covered by universal health insurance, the epidemiological situation of diabetes and its economic impact remain a major concern.
In fact, according to the ministry, today there are more than 25,000 diabetic children, more than 2.7 million adult diabetics, 49% of whom are unaware of their disease, and more than 2.2 million pre-diabetics, of which more than 56 % Know They Have Diabetes suffer from high blood pressure, a combination that exposes them to serious health complications.
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