Downtown Hanoi goes blue in response to World Diabetes Day hinh anh 1Checking blood sugar for senior citizens (Illustrative image - Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Sword Lake (Ho Guom) and Ly Thai To Park in the centre of Hanoi capital city were lit up blue on November 13 night in response to the World Diabetes Day, sharing global efforts to enhance public awareness about the disease.

The event was jointly held by the Health Ministry, the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Danish Embassy in Vietnam.

Statistics show around 3.5 million Vietnamese had diabetes in 2015 and the number is forecast to grow to 6.1 million in 2040, putting a heavy strain on the public health care system and patients’ life quality.

A survey of the Health Ministry in 2015 revealed that only 28.9 percent of diabetic patients received treatment at hospitals while 68.9 percent of diabetes sufferers did not know about their conditions.-VNA