On 21st November, 2016 the end of the week of “World diabetes day” which happens on 14th November each year, RPSA organized “anti-diabetes UR-HUYE campus awareness campaign” under the theme of “LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE AND AVOID DIABETES.” In this campaign, blood glucose level was screened for diabetes and other diabetes factors and complications such as: Blood pressure, body mass index (to measure whether students are over- or underweight which is calculated by dividing their weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters), and waist circumference, were also measured. Moreover, people were given advises by special counselling team about their results.
Students of the University of Rwanda HUYE CAMPUS were very excited to know how their blood glucose level and other measured factors and complications are. One of the students who got screened said: “I am very happy this event happens in our Campus and I have got chances to know how I am positioned to the diabetes. I thank RPSA and our University and I wish if this event happens every year. He also added, Students work hard, only when they are healthy.”
On 22nd November 2016, anti-diabetic campaign continued, and beyond screening for blood glucose, it’s common factors and it’s complications, eyes defects were also tested like Glaucoma (eye disorder marked by unusually high pressure within the eyeball that leads to damage of the optic disk) and retina (tested for Myopia and Hypermetropia) by Dr.agarwal’s Eye Hospital.
It was on the afternoon of the same day that another great event of RPSA race competition happened. It was a great moment and awards were to be given to the first four winners. Competitors were very excited and every competitor was very eager to get award of the competition. After circulating the University ‘ground 10 tours, the winner turned to be NGABONZIZA Marcel in boys. Asked to comment on the competition and strategies he used to win, he said: “I normally like practicing sports especially running is my favorite sport. I tried hard to win. This event is so special because not only we have tested but also we were advised on how to improve ourselves according to one’s results. I thank the organizers of this event, especially RPSA. It is a great Association, he added. For Girls, the winner was MUKUNZI Betty.
Diabetes is a scary non-communicable diseases among others. Its complications are divided into microvascular and macrovascular complications. The former affect eye (Diabetes retinopathy), Kidney (diabetes nephropathy), and nerves (diabetes neuropathy which lead to amputation when it’s peripheral) while the latter involve several organs, but predominantly the heart, where coronary artery disease is very common. It also affects brains.
According to WHO in its recent research on diabetes showed that 23 people per second die of diabetes worldwide. This makes diabetes to be a dangerous non-communicable disease.