As health of Nigerians remain challenged by different terminal diseases, a coalition of non-governmental organisations, National Action on Sugar Reduction, NASR, yesterday, raised the alarm over 4 million Nigerians living with diabetes.
The statement pointed that Nigerians who carriers of the deadly disease are mostly the poor who have no access to any form of care, while the death rate remains high among them.
According to the statement, a 2020 study links increased type 2 diabetes risk with high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, or soft drinks as they are commonly called.
Meanwhile, in the statement, Diabetes Association of Nigeria and Project Pink Blue, called on government to prioritise action on diabetes care by implementing Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes.
Also, the statement referred to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, recently announcing a proposed pro-health tax increase on soft drinks in Nigeria in the 2022 budget, which it commended the Federal Government for the bold step.