DIABETES: JOE Foundation To Build On Sensitization Gains

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

The founder of the JOE Foundation, John Owan-Enoh has pledged that the organisation will build on its gain in sensitizing the populace on diabetes.

The former lawmaker disclosed this on Monday during a walk campaign to raise awareness on Diabetes, where he expressed optimism that the foundation intends to reach 90 percent of the population by the year 2030 having garnered support from local and international partners.

Owan-Enoh who said Diabetes patients are among the most vulnerable as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, also averred that the foundation was his way of contributing to tackling Diabetes.

“I think it is increasingly important that we call people’s attention by way of sensitisation. I think that a society that lacks knowledge is an ignorant one, and this foundation is my own contribution. We need to create awareness among the people to inform them of this danger of diabetes,” Owan-Enoh said.

The walk, which began at the 11 – 11 roundabout in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, was declared open by the Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu who said his presence was to show support and commended the thematic focus of the foundation.

“Most deaths we hear, apart from COVID-19 are linked to diabetes and hypertension. So you can imagine the thoughtfulness in conceiving this foundation,” Esu said, adding that; “It is something that requires a lot of support for all of us, and I am so happy many people are here to participate in today’s walk.”

Established in June 2016 during the 50th birthday celebration of the lawmaker, the JOE foundation is said to have impacted on the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

A year and three months after its launch, the JOE Foundation opened a clinic to cater specifically for diabetes patients in Ikom local government area of central Cross River State in September 2017.

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