Reflecting on Covid-19, G20 Must Clean Up Facing Diabetes Mellitus

The world is still facing health problems, namely the Covid-19 pandemic to this day. However, there are other health threats, namely: Diabetes mellitus.

T20 Co-Chair Lead, Prof. Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro said diabetes mellitus is a disease that has the potential to affect the health system. In addition to the health system, diabetes mellitus can have an impact on the country’s economy.

Therefore, reflecting on the pandemic, the G20 needs to anticipate the increasing number of diabetic patients. “To build a stronger health system and adequate access,” said Bambang in the T20 webinar on Wednesday (29/6).

Bambang said that currently 422 million people worldwide have diabetes. The majority are citizens of middle and low income countries.

This figure is estimated to increase to 578 million people in 2030 and 700 million in 2045. Bambang said that currently the improvements that can be done are identification and population interventions that show signs impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) as a pre-diabetes alarm.

“This includes adapting to rapidly developing treatment and the provision of new (health) services that must be strengthened,” said the former Minister of Research and Technology.

On the same occasion, the G20 Spokesperson for Health, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi said diabetes is one of the comorbid Covid-19 that causes the highest mortality.

Not only that, this disease can also attack those who are in their productive age. In fact, Indonesia will experience a demographic bonus in 2030.

“In Indonesia, we see that the number of deaths and the number of illnesses due to diabetes mellitus is still very high, especially in the productive age,” said Nadia.

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According to him, productive age is very important to encourage the economy because 68% of Indonesia’s population is of productive age. Moreover, Indonesia will pursue the target of becoming a developed country in the next few decades.

That’s why the Ministry of Health will fix health services, one of which is to reduce diabetes patients. Some of the ways are health promotion, prevention, early detection, and health services based on the life cycle.

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