Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has screened more than a thousand people for diabetes during the awareness activities held at different venues in the country to mark the World Diabetes Day (WDD).
Also, a series of events were held during November raising awareness of how to better manage and prevent the disease.
At Al Wakra Hospital, more than 550 people were screened during an exhibition and public screening and over 450 people were screened at the Al Khor Hospital. Another screening event was held at the Aspire Park, checking hundreds for diabetes.
HMC’s major public outreach and awareness activities were kicked off during the official opening of its annual exhibition gazebo located near the entrance of the Outpatient Department at Hamad General Hospital. H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health, attended the opening ceremony and had her glucose checked during the free diabetes screening. Other HMC activities included a workshop for children and screening events at various hospitals, businesses, schools and colleges. Activities also included a mobile screening unit for non-medical staff at HMC and participation in the second Annual Arab Diabetes Medical Congress.
The theme for this year's WDD was ’eyes on diabetes,’ focusing on preventative eye care and the importance of screenings. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Officials with the diabetes care team at HMC say it is important to get annual health screenings as well as eye exams.
“It is only through greater public awareness and education that we will ever be able to lessen the burden of this disease. Offering screenings, and getting the public in the habit of being screened, is an important part of raising awareness,” said Manal Othman, Director of Diabetes Educator at HMC.
The National Diabetes Center at Hamad General Hospital was opened in 2013 and receives about 2,000 adult and 700 paediatric patients each month. The National Diabetes Center at Al Wakra Hospital opened in 2014 and receives approximately 400 patient visits each month. Offering a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, the Centers provide patients with improved access to specialised treatment.
Source Credit: The Peninsula Qatar