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City of Johannesburg continues fight against diabetes Print E-mail
03 November 2017

"It is my goal to show people that diabetes does not limit you from doing what you wish to do, you can still live a normal life. That is the message I want to send to young people in particular."

These are the words of Marko Moolman, a 16-year-old high school learner who has type 1 diabetes and part of team BestMed. He is taking part in the Cycle for Diabetes Relay for the second year in a row.

The City of Johannesburg has once again partnered with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company, in its quest to create awareness on diabetes. Through the Cycle for Diabetes Relay, the partnership aims to provide access to free diabetes testing and advice.

Speaking at the starting point of the relay in Sandton on Thursday morning, 2 November 2017, City of Johannesburg's Member of Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Cllr Mpho Phalatse acknowledged the importance of awareness on diabetes.

"All sectors of government need to work together to create awareness on diabetes. As a City we have established a programme to help people change their lifestyle and eat healthy. This programme will assist communities in growing healthy food to encourage healthy living.

"Furthermore, we encourage people to get into the habit of exercising, and as a City, we have donated bicycles to encourage people to exercise. Obesity needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. The City is declaring war against obesity. We thank all our health ambassadors, the people who choose to live a healthy life," said MMC Phalatse.

General Manager of Novo Nordisk Dr Timmy Kedijang stressed the importance of early detection of diabetes.

"Fifty percent of the people in communities are not aware that they are diabetic, many of whom don't feel well, by the time they are diagnosed it could be too late. It is highly recommended that we all test for diabetes once a year, particularly those who are more susceptible to the disease," said Dr Kedijang.

The Cycle for Diabetes Relay started from Rivonia and proceeded to Soweto. It will continue to Newcastle, Dundee, Ladysmith and stop at Pietermaritzburg as riders bring the spotlight on diabetes.

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