KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — The considerable increase in the number of people afflicted with diabetes nationwide has prompted a private hospital here to raise funds for children suffering from the disease.
The Columbia Asia Hospital hopes to raise the funds via a charity walk on Nov 25.
The Walk For Cure 2012 is aimed at creating awareness among the public on the serious impact of diabetes, how to avoid the disease and its complications.
Columbia Asia (Southeast Asia) chief executive officer Kelvin Tan said the walk would be held at three venues, namely Bukit Jalil Park (Kuala Lumpur); Taiping Lake Gardens (Perak) and Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini, Nusajaya (Johor).
Speaking to reporters here today, he said proceeds from the walk would be handed over to the Malaysian Diabetes Association to help children afflicted with diabetes.
“Children with diabetes has become a growing concern in the country. It is a disease that needs to be better managed on a regularly basis.”
Meanwhile, association assistant general secretary K. S. Maniam noted that according to the 2006 statistics, about 11.6 per cent of Malaysians aged 18 and above had diabetes.
Last year, the figure increased to 15.2 per cent.
Maniam said children should be educated on diabetes and a balanced diet while they were in primary school.
Jisvinaprit Kaur, nine, who was diagnosed with diabetes when she was four, said she underwent four injections daily, as part of treatment for diabetes.
“I feel pain each time I have to take the injection and I easily feel exhausted. However, I can still play my favourite sport at school,” she said.
Apart from depending on diabetes injection, Jisvinaprit said she could only take meals in small portions and had to depend on diabetes milk. — Bernama