More than 1,600 responses collected on how to fight diabetes: Gan Kim Yong

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that more than 1,600 people have submitted ideas on how to fight diabetes.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that more than 1,600 people have submitted ideas on how to fight diabetes. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - More than 1,600 people have given their ideas on how Singapore can fight diabetes as a nation, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday (Nov 13) morning.

Suggestions included making healthy food and drinks more readily available, bringing diabetes screening to workplaces, and expanding fitness programmes in the community.

"I am heartened to know that many participants recognised that health is ultimately a personal responsibility, and that managing one's health is the first step to fight diabetes," Mr Gan said.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of World Diabetes Day Singapore, held at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

Mr Gan added that his ministry will be studying the ideas proposed and incorporating them into the upcoming diabetes action plan.

The Health Ministry will be holding more dialogue sessions in the coming weeks on topics such as adopting a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

It will also be launching an online public consultation from January next year.