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COVID-19: Group issues advisory to people with diabetes

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Diabetes Control Media Advisory Group (DICOMAG), a media-based Non-Governmental Organisation has advised Nigerians living with diabetes to take special precaution to prevent Coronavirus infection, in view of their proven vulnerability.

The advisory by Dr. Afokoghene Rita Isiavwe, an endocrinologists and Chairperson, DICOMAG Board of Trustee, urged persons living with diabetes to adopt recommended safety measures, such as staying at home and practising social distancing.

The Advisory reads: “Do not go out unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must go out-doors, cover your face with a facemask and observe basic hygiene measures like washing of your hands. As simple as it sounds, washing your hands with soap and water several times a day reduces your chances of getting infected with germs. This should include, and not restricted to before eating, before cooking, after using the rest room, after doing any chore and after returning from a public space.

“Stay active indoors with indoor exercising. Put on your favourite music and dance…yes dancing is a good form of aerobic exercise. You don’t have to go outdoors to keep fit.”

Go online and check for videos on aerobics and indoor exercise regimens you can practise at home. If you are not tech savvy, ask any of your younger household members to help you with this task. Choose a time of the day for exercising.”

Isiavwe called for healthy eating, as there’s a tendency to eat more than usual at this time, as well as having adequate stock of medications and medical supplies like glucometer strips.

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