Hanoi hosts festival in response to World Diabetes Day

A festival has been organized from November 14-16 in Thong Nhat Park in Hai Ba Trung District in Hanoi as part of many activities to mark World Diabetes Day on November 14.

The three day festival has drawn more than 2,000 people on the first day alone (photo: SGGP)

The event is being organized by the Ministry of Health, Vietnamese Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology, and the National Hospital of Endocrinology in partnership with Novo Nordisk Pharma.

At the event, free blood and blood-sugar tests, check-ups, diabetes nutrition for diabetics, exercise to keep fit, how to take care of diabetes and consultations with medical experts from leading hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are being offered.

Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of Department of Treatment and Examination under the Ministry of Health, said that the festival aims to raise public awareness of the insidious killer disease.

In addition to awareness of diabetes, people should adopt healthy lifestyles and exercise regularly to fight the disease, said Dr. Khue.

According to a survey by the Ministry of Health, as many as 5.13 million people in Vietnam, or 5.7 percent of the population in 2013 are suffering from diabetes, and the figure may double by 2030.

The three day festival has drawn more than 2,000 people on the first day alone.

After the festival, Novo Nordisk Pharma in coordination with Denmark Embassy in Vietnam and Vietnamese Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology will hold a seminar themed ‘Join hands to control diabetes’, to provide people with latest information of the disease and most effective preventive measures.

The seminar will be held on November 28 at Sofitel Metropole Hotel at 56 Ly Thai To Street in Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi.

By Thuan Quang – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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