Health and lifestyle

Minister of Health: Practicing sports activity to prevent several diseases

The Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abderezzak Sebgag called, on Friday in Algiers, for the practice of physical activity to have a better quality of life and prevent diseases.

The practice of sports is very beneficial, as it provides psychological and physical well-being and helps prevent certain diseases, said Benbouzid who, together with Sebgag, kicked off the marathon organised at the Mohamed Boudiaf Olympic Complex as part of the World Diabetes Day celebrated on 14 November.

On this occasion, Mr Benbouzid called on all members of society to practise physical activity, while reducing the consumption of sugar, salt and fat, to preserve their health and prevent chronic diseases.

Regarding the prevention of diabetes, the minister said that his department organises, throughout the year, prevention days against all diseases, warning against the increase in cases of type 1 and 2 diabetes.

For his part, Minister of Youth and Sports urged all citizens to practice physical activity to prevent diseases and have a healthy lifestyle.

In this context, the Danish ambassador to Algeria, Vanessa Vega Saenz, who took part in this sports event, said that “this day is an important date as it marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, which has greatly contributed to the treatment of diabetes.

The Danish diplomat welcomed the organisation, by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the WHO Office in Algiers and the “Novo Nordisk” laboratories, of this awareness day on the importance of physical activity.

For his part, the Director General (DG) of Prevention at the Ministry of Health, Djamel Fourar, spoke of the benefits of sport for the body, calling for weight control to avoid obesity by adopting a healthy diet and engaging in physical activity.

Speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on the health, the same official pointed out that the pandemic has led to the emergence of several diseases related to confinement such overeating and lack of physical activity.

For his part, the communication director of Novo Nordisk laboratories, Karim Djeroud listed the many projects in partnership with the Danish party, such as the insulin factory located in Tizi-Ouzou, the insulin production plant (in the form of injectable solution in pre-filled pen, intended for diabetics) soon to be operational, located in the town of Boufarik, or the “Mobile Clinic” dedicated to the screening of pre-diabetes and unrecognized diabetes among the population.

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