5,000 people undergo free glucose check-up
Dubai, January 9, 2014
Nearly 5,000 people underwent free glucose check-up at a diabetes awareness campaign in Dubai, organised by AXA Insurance Gulf, a leading non-life interenational insurers in the region.
The check-up camps were held in various Dubai malls in partnership with Carrefour and Kims Medical Centre.
The campaign revealed that out of the respondents who claimed to be non-diabetic, about 4.8 per cent were diagnosed with diabetes, while 14.48 per cent were tested to be at high risk to diabetes and 80 per cent were non-diabetic.
The campaign was held under the theme ‘Better Care About People,’ and was aimed at raising awareness about diabetes and its seriousness among the UAE population.
The organisers also distributed educational flyers to public at the camps, and reinforced the same through awareness on its website and e-mail campaigns to AXA customers.
Jérôme Droesch, CEO of AXA Insurance Gulf, said: “To have 4,800 people taking advantage of our free glucose check-up camps is phenomenal by any standards. While we are thrilled with the response, this was just the first step in our long journey against diabetes.”
“We suggested a wide array of lifestyle changes to be introduced to fight the disease,” he added.
The campaign was part of AXA’s corporate responsibility, and is integral to the company’s commitment to build better understanding about the health risks faced by individuals and the society at large due to diabetes.
The Mena region has seen an explosion of diabetes in recent times and it is estimated that over 26.6 million people are living with diabetes in the region and this figure is expected to double in the next 20 years. - TradeArabia News Service