The Quezon City local government on Saturday, Nov. 11, participated in the Global Diabetes Walk: “Walk for Change” in line with the observance of World Diabetes Day (WDD).
The city government, in partnership with the Novo Nordisk Philippines, the Royal Danish Embassy Manila, South Star Drug, and other major medical organizations, led the Global Diabetes Walk in the Philippines held at the Quezon City Hall Grounds, Risen Garden, in the city.
The Global Diabetes Walk is a global initiative to increase diabetes awareness and advocate for healthy lifestyles.
The initiative also sought to improve diabetes education and raise awareness about “knowing the risk” for patients.
It also provides an opportunity to deepen one’s understanding of diabetes, build connections within the community, and express support for those impacted by the condition.
Individuals can also contribute to the global effort to combat this growing public health issue by participating in these walks and showing solidarity with individuals who have diabetes.
Danish Ambassador Franz-Michael “Dan-Dan” Mellbin said they are committed to providing the best Danish healthcare support to the Filipino people.
“The collaboration between the Royal Danish Embassy and Novo Nordisk Philippines is a testament to the power of shared knowledge and best practices. Our joint commitment to ‘knowing’ – knowing your risk and your response – serves as the foundation for our efforts to bring the best Danish healthcare support to the Filipino people. We stand united in our mission to enhance diabetes care and promote a healthier future for all,” the ambassador said.
Furthermore, healthcare professionals also play a crucial role, needing access to proper training and resources to identify complications early and deliver optimal care.
South Drug General Manager Mariel Crisostomo stated that they were dedicated to improving public health in the country.
“South Star Drug recognizes the pivotal role that pharmacies play in our communities. We are more than just places to pick up prescriptions; we are crucial points of care, dedicated to enhancing public health, and offering screening and prevention services for diabetes. As consumers’ trusted partners we ensure they know their risk, understand their response, and take proactive steps toward a healthier future,” she said.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte assured that everyone will be included in the city’s healthcare initiatives.
“Our dedicated Quezon City Health Department is the frontline for public health, taking concrete steps not only in diabetes prevention but also in detection, screening, and treatment. With 66 health centers providing free medicines for indigent citizens dealing with high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol, we ensure that no one is left behind in their healthcare journey,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The World Diabetes Day is observed annually on Nov. 14.
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