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Face to face with chronic disease
Zahida's story: living with diabetes
WHO/Chris de Bode

The first time Zahida consulted a doctor at a local hospital, she was mistakenly told that her blood test was normal. After that, Zahida ignored her symptoms for eight long years before seeking medical advice again, this time in Islamabad where she has since moved with her family.

A second blood test finally confirmed diabetes. The doctor prescribed insulin and Zahida started feeling better after her first injection.

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