ISLAMABAD - To meet the increasing burden of diabetic patients, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has upgraded its Diabetic Foot Clinic to a full Diabetic Centre with the kind support of the Danish global pharma Novo Nordisk.

It's facilities have been upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment. Lars Rebien Sørensen, CEO & President of Novo Nordisk A/S, who is currently on a two-day visit to Pakistan, inaugurated the clinic on Friday. While meeting patients and discussing the impact of diabetes. Sorensen emphasised that diabetes is a disease that can be treated effectively and that it can be prevented through awareness and healthy lifestyle.  The Diabetic Foot Clinic was established in 2007 which was first clinic of its type in Northern Pakistan and has up to now treated almost four thousands patients and has avoided hundred of amputations.

The upgraded centre will provide diagnostic and treatment facilities to diabetics' patients according to international guidelines, which will also include care of all complication including diabetic foot problem. Diabetic patient data registration has also been established with latest computer technology.

Professor Dr Javaid Akram, Vice chancellor and Professor Dr Jamal Zafar, Head of department of general medicine, both stated that all diabetic complications such as cholesterol and high blood pressure could be prevented or delayed by taking proper dietary measures and exercise.

They thanked Novo Nordisk for playing an important role in providing quality healthcare solutions for diabetes and appreciated its role for spreading awareness on the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are around 6.7 million people with diagnosed diabetes in Pakistan.

It is estimated that this number will rise to 12.8 million by 2035, which puts Pakistan among the top countries with the highest number of population suffering from diabetes.