Diabetic patients in the Cote d’Ivoire are facing a major catastrophe. According to reports from the regio, the lack of insulin available in public pharmacies throughout the country is putting the medicine out of reach for all but the richest. The country is one of the poorest in the world.
The vice president of the national association of diabetics, Jonas Yao, reportedly forecasted: “The situation has become so critical. People are going to die.” The national stock of insulin expired in March, meaning it is only available at private healthcare centres pharmacies.
Diabetes is less likely to attract foreign help and government attention over communicable diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. Diabetics throughout the country are claiming frustration with the way in which the disease is being handled. The disease needs serious government intervention to save lives.

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