Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:11
In commemoration of World Diabetes Day 2014 Sunshine Healthcare declared 14 November a No-Sugar Day within their entire group. Extending their support to preventing diabetes, Sunshine Healthcare is carrying out a campaign to increase the level of awareness of diabetes in Sri Lanka.
Diabetes was previously regarded as a disease of the western world and the affluent. However, currently populations all over the world have been impacted by this disease and South-East Asia has become an emerging epicentre of this chronic illness. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one fifth of all adults with diabetes in the world live in the South-East Asian region.
“Diabetes is a disease that can affect people of all strata and is a growing concern in Sri Lanka,” said Sunshine Healthcare COO Bernard Joseph. “Despite this people still pay little attention to this life changing illness. That is why Sunshine Healthcare has decided to co-sponsor a campaign to raise the awareness of diabetes amongst Sri Lankans.”
Sri Lanka is currently experiencing an epidemic of diabetes as a result of the epidemiological and demographic transitions that have interacted with lifestyle changes. It is estimated that at least 25% of the Sri Lankan population will suffer from diabetes by 2050.
This debilitating disease impacts a person’s overall wellbeing and dampens their quality of life. As a truly local company Sunshine Healthcare is receptive to the welfare of the Sri Lankan population. It provides a wide variety of modern products for diabetes treatment and prevention options suited to the local needs.
Sunshine Healthcare is most synonymous for importing the diabetes related medicine and equipment to Sri Lanka including some of the well-known brands such as Metformin Extended Release (Bigsens XR) from Zydus Cadila, Metformin Instant Release (Obmet) from Fourrts, Glimiperide (Euglim) from Zydus Cadila, Gliclazide (Glucozide) from Unison, Repaglinide (Paglimide) from Cassel, Insulin (Mixtard & Novo Mix) from Novo Nordisk and self-monitoring blood glucose systems like Glucometers and strips (One Touch) from Johnson & Johnson. Sunshine Healthcare Lanka, through its 100% fully owned subsidiary Healthguard Pharmacy, has introduced a wide product assortment at affordable prices with a host of value additions.
Sunshine Holdings is one of Sri Lanka’s most respected conglomerates. Its interests are in the core areas of Healthcare, Agribusiness and FMCG sectors. All subsidiary companies within the group will join hands to actively spread the message of diabetes prevention in their respective communities throughout the month of November.
World Diabetes Day is held on 14 November each year. The day aims to increase awareness of the damaging effects of diabetes and its complications amongst the general population. The World Diabetes Day 2014 campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.