A centre of excellence for diabetes has today been opened at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.
The centre is a partnership project between the county government of Nakuru and the Danish government through novo Nordidisk.
Speaking during the official opening of the centre Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen said that the centre will go a long way in providing individualized care to people living with diabetes in the region.
Mette observed that the centre will further allow diabetics to access improved health care and treatment.
“Diabetes as a non communicable disease is on the increase in Kenya and the rest of Africa and thus there is need to provide palliative care to diabetes patients” she said.
Nakuru Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto who represented Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that Nakuru Level 5 Hospital being a Referral centre serving parts of Nyandarua,Central Rift and South Rift was much honoured to have the excellence centre.
Nakuru county CeC for Health Dr. Kabii Mungai said that approximately 150 diabetes patients are received at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital in a day adding that they have enough machines to screen all patients when need arises.
He called on diabetics in all nine counties served by the hospital to take advantage of the centre to access quality health care.
Substantial prevalence of diabetes in Africa shows that women are most at risk of getting diabetes.