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Kingdom celebrates World Diabetes Day

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will observe tomorrow World Diabetes Day, which coincidentally falls on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Dr. Osama Shobokshi highlighted the great attention being given by the Saudi government to health services throughout the Kingdom, and noted that diabetics in Saudi Arabia are provided with every treatment they require. In addition to a number of diabetes unit, there are specialized services available at four diabetes centers attached to both university and ministry hospitals. Pointing out that a national anti-diabetes program is underway, Dr. Shobokshi underlined the importance of combating this disease and urged individuals to cooperate in this regard through adoption of a proper healthful life style.

Dr. Shobokshi went on to say that World Diabetes Day has become an important international event due to the fact that there are more than 140 million diabetics world wide, and this number is expected to jump to 300 million by the year 2025. He noted that this year's World Diabetes Day, due to be observed under the motto of "diabetes and human rights", aims at ensuring the right of diabetics to obtain the required medical care and information about their disease so as to enable them keep it under control.