The World Diabetes Day will be observed on Tuesday in the country as elsewhere in the world in a befitting manner to make people aware about diabetes.
This year's theme of the Day is "All pregnancies should be planned."
The day will be observed highlighting early diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes and using treatments to reduce the risks of getting any serious complications.
On the eve of the World Diabetes Day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all concerned to work together for creating awareness among people about diabetes.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the number of diabetic patients is increasing in Bangladesh like other countries of the world because of changes in lifestyle and food habit and lack of physical labour.
Terming diabetes as a silent epidemic across the globe, the President said, "The disease (diabetes) may hamper the sustainable development of the third world countries like us if it is not prevented".
The President stressed the need for creating awareness to prevent diabetes and called upon Bangladesh Diabetic Association, other private organizations, civil society and media to come forward in this regard.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League government is implementing a people-oriented health policy to ensure the health care services for the countrymen.
To reach healthcare services to the doorstep of the people, the poor people of the country are being given 30 types of medicines free of cost, she said, adding that about 18,500 community clinics and union healthcare centers were set up across the country.
Mentioning about the modern treatment facilities available in the country, the premier said alongside increasing the bed numbers in the hospitals, new medical colleges, nursing colleges, nursing institutes, medical assistant training schools and health technology institutes have been set up across the country.
"We are implementing various types of programmes to prevent other diseases, including diabetes," Sheikh Hasina said, adding service centers of the Diabetic Association are working relentlessly to provide free medical checkups to pregnant mothers across the country.
Both the President and Prime Minister wished all the day's programmes a success.-BSS