Zimbabwe today joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Diabetes Day and a call has been made for the government to ensure hospitals and clinics are well equipped with diabetes testing facilities that people get tested.

November is known as diabetes month and today the world commemorated diabetes day in the back drop of increasing prevalence of the disease claiming many lives.

The guest of honour at the commemorations in the capital, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Provincial Affairs Cde Miriam Chikukwa said there is need for increasing awareness campaigns and diabetes testing facilities countrywide to ensure people gain more knowledge on the disease and get screened.

Bad eating habits, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and other socio-economic challenges are the main risk factors of diabetes.

This year’s commemorations ran under the theme, “Women and Diabetes, our Right to a Healthy Future”.

A number of people got screened during the commemorations.