The Diabetes Management Information Centre (DMIC) has expressed concern over the high number of children suffering from diabetes in the country.
The DMIC Executive Director Eva Muchemi said lack of data on children with diabetes was putting many in danger due to lack of management and treatment.
“We have started a programme to collect data of children suffering from diabetes across the country to help us know the amount of insulin we need,” Muchemi said.
She said since inception of DMIC three years ago, they have registered 2,500 patients in their nine centres across the country aged between four months and 21 years.
The children are from both day and boarding schools who undergo counseling and training on how to live with the condition.
“Those numbers are registered from the former Provincial General Hospitals an indication of more children suffering in silence at home,” She added.
Muchemi added that, they are collaborating with the Ministry of Health and other government institutions to collect the data from all public and private hospitals.
With the collect number of diabetic children, Muchemi said it will be easy to manage and give insulin for free to save their lives and ease pressure from the parents.