Nurse uses role as mayor to raise diabetes awareness
A senior nurse is using her dual role as mayor of a London borough to raise awareness of diabetes.
Mayor of Waltham Forest councillor Yemi Osho supported a series of events to mark World Diabetes Day in Walthamstow on 14 November.
Earlier in the week she led women on a mile walk in Waltham Forest's Lloyd Park to highlight the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyles to combat type 2 diabetes.
The council estimates that 24,000 adults have diabetes locally, while a further 8,000 are yet to be diagnosed.
Ms Osho said: ‘I came because it remains so important to highlight the consequences and complications of diabetes.
‘We have to make sure everyone has access to screening, especially pregnant women, who need to be assessed in their first trimester.’
Continuing the work
She added: ‘We are lucky to have an excellent public health service here in Waltham Forest and I hope the work we are doing will continue even after I stop being mayor.’
Ms Osho trained as a midwife in Nigeria in 1984 before moving to England in 1988 and completing her general nurse training at South Bank University, now London South Bank University, in 1990.
After completing post-graduate courses in district nursing and qualifying as an advanced nurse practitioner she served on the boards of two clinical commissioning groups before becoming director of nursing for urgent care at Partnership of East London Co-operatives, a medical group in Ilford.
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