diabetesIn recognition of World Diabetes Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will host a series of events during November to increase awareness of diabetes risk factors, symptoms and prevention.

Created in 1991, and led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14 November each year to engage millions of people in diabetes advocacy and awareness. Senior Consultant and Head of HMC’s Endocrinology, Diabetes Division, Dr Mahmoud Zirie, said:

Diabetes affects many people in Qatar. Through HMC’s public awareness campaign, and the events we are holding in association with World Diabetes Day, we aim to increase public awareness of diabetes risk factors, symptoms and prevention. Our fundamental goal is helping the public identify their risks and encouraging the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.’


Dr. Mahmoud Zirie, Senior Consultant and Head of HMC's Endocrinology, Diabetes Division.Headshot
Dr Mahmoud Zirie, Senior Consultant and Head of HMC’s Endocrinology, Diabetes Division

He added that exercise and diet are important elements in managing the disease, as well as preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes.

As part of its World Diabetes Day celebrations, HMC is holding a number of public screenings. These started on 2 November 2014 and will last throughout the month. On Thursday 13 November 2014, HMC participated in a three-day exhibition at Katara Village with Action on Diabetes. The event in Katara included free testing, diabetes education and dietary counselling by HMC healthcare professionals.

From 17 to 19 November 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm, HMC is hosting a three-day ‘Diabetes Awareness Tent’ at the entrance of the Outpatient Department (OPD) at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) for public screenings. Open to the public, the tent will provide patients and visitors with counseling from doctors, physicians, dieticians, educators, podiatrists and pharmacists. Free diabetes screening and blood sugar checks will also be available. In addition, the tent includes a pydiatry clinic, pharmacy and a research section.

The Diabetes Center, which is located on the second floor of the outpatient department, provides Qatar’s diabetic population with specialized services offered through a multi-disciplinary approach. Approximately 20,000 patient visits are expected at the facility this year.

For more information, log onto HMC’s website.