Free check-ups and consultations on diabetes are being offered during a campaign in Ho Chi Minh City to raise public awareness of the insidious killer.

The event running from November 3-5 is part of activities in response to World Diabetes Day (November 14).

Diabetes poses challenges to the health care sector as well as national development, said Ass. Prof., Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Health Ministry’s Treatment and Examination Management Department .

He added lack of knowledge of the disease and inadequate access to medical services and necessary medicines may lead to worse conditions such as blindness and heart and kidney failure.

Statistics by the International Diabetes Federation have shown that about 371 million people around the world are suffering from diabetes and another 280 million are in risk of getting the disease.

The number of patients killed by diabetes is estimated to double by 2030 if no adequate solutions applied, the association said.-VNA