(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The prevalence of diabetes is very high in the Middle East when compared to other regions, according to an expert.
Dr V Mohan, chairman, managing director and chief of diabetology at Dr Mohan's Diabetes Specialties Centre (DMDSC) was addressing the gathering through a video conference during the opening of the centre's branch in Muscat.
He said, ''Other regions might have more number of people suffering from the disease, but the prevalence rate in the Middle East would be between 25 and 30 per cent, which is higher than most. Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes etc, are worrying as they can be fatal. The centre takes care of patients through all stages of prevention.''
Dr Mohan said that it was step forward to have the centre's first international branch in Oman. ''The sultanate is the first country where we have set up an international branch. We receive many patients from Oman and we wanted to offer them the services here.''
The centre is located on 18th November Street in Azaiba. It has all facilities needed to treat diabetics, including laboratories, a foot clinic and an endocrinologist. Dr Waleed Khalid al Zadjali, chairman, Al Bashayer Specialised Medical Centre, who will be heading the centre said, ''I am extremely glad that the country has a specialised diabetes centre. We have an experienced team, and we hope to raise awareness on the early detection and prevention of the disease.''
The centre has 15 branches in India that treat more than 300,000 patients annuall