Address by President Pendarovski marking November 14 – World Diabetes Day

13 November 2021 | Press Releases

President Stevo Pendarovski addressed this evening the celebration of November 14 – World Diabetes Day. The event is organized by the Association for Pediatric Diabetes of Macedonia – Balance MK, under the auspices of President Pendarovski.

Diabetes is becoming more and more widespread and is increasingly attacking children, and therefore, President Pendarovski said, raising awareness and actualizing the issue is not enough.

“As a society, we need to use and engage all the necessary resources and potentials in dealing with and tackling diabetes. Like many other conditions and diseases, the principle of prevention is indeed essential. I am talking about prevention that will not be spontaneous, but sustained and based on expert analysis of the overall issue that will guarantee efficiency and success in the fight against diabetes”, President Pendarovski said.

President Pendarovski stressed that the growth of children with diabetes in the country is worrying. Children, in addition to maintaining glycolic control, need a quality lifestyle, socialization, education, but also application of modern and innovative therapies.

“It is imperative for every society, among other things, to follow and apply everything that is technically advanced, everything that is innovative, everything that in that regard helps people in normal living and functioning”, President Pendarovski said and added that we cannot be behind the world, and especially allow our children to lag behind in the application and use of modern and innovative therapies that are already present in our country, as well as medical and technical systems such as systems for continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels, which is offered as an opportunity to children in Europe, including all countries in the region.

At the event, which took place in the multimedia center “Mala Stanica”, the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, the Head of the Endocrinology Department at the University Clinic for Children’s Diseases, Skopje, Prof. Dr. Zoran Guchev, the Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje, Dr. Zorica Naumovska, the President of the Association of Diabetics of Macedonia, Dime Velev, and Natasha Despotovska Dimitrievska, President of the Association for Pediatric Diabetes of Macedonia – Balance MK, also addressed the event. On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day, an exhibition dedicated to the discovery and development of insulin and aids for its use was opened, and the educational video “Life with diabetes at school” was shown.

World Diabetes Day, which this year is dedicated to the jubilee – 100 years since the discovery of insulin as an important mechanism in the fight against diabetes, is a continuation of the global efforts to raise public awareness and educate the population about the need for further institutional, but also individual direction of advancing the overall factors for dealing with this disease.

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