Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will kick off its Ramadan diabetes screening and education events this Friday at Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque in Al Rayyan. Following Friday’s prayers, 15 screening stands manned by trained diabetes nurses and educators will be set up in the entrance hallway of the mosque as part of their annual Ramadan health awareness campaign. 

Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra, Chairman of Internal Medicine at HMC and Director of Qatar Metabolic Institute said that attendance for prayers at mosques increases during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

These screenings, which have become an annual event for HMC, present an opportune time to screen the local community for diabetes and help individuals understand the signs and symptoms of the disease. These events also provide an opportunity for our trained diabetes experts to talk with diabetic patients and offer advice on managing their condition and eating healthy during Ramadan.’

With events planned in different locations – Othman Bin Affan Mosque in Al Khor on 16 June and Abdulghani Abduljalil Mosque in Al Wakra on 23 June – thousands are expected to visit the screening stands where they will receive a personalised analyses of their results. According to Manal Othman, Director of Diabetes Educator at HMC, more than 3,150 worshippers were screened last year during Ramadan.

Screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes provides us with an opportunity to start an important conversation. It allows us to identify individuals who do not know they are diabetic and to help those who are pre-diabetic, or at risk of becoming pre-diabetic, by talking to them about prevention programmes, treatment and care.’

Community screenings have become an important part of Hamad’s diabetes community outreach programme. It has been successfully held in schools, workplaces, places of worship and other locations, to help the public learn about the risks of diabetes.

HMC is also organising a series of other events, including corporate education and awareness sessions. During Ramadan, a phone-based emergency service which allows patients with diabetes, their relatives or caregivers, call and ask for medical advice related to diabetes and fasting is also available. The hotline – 5598 1331 – is operational from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.

You can visit this HMC link for tips and information about living with diabetes. It provides a full listing of events planned during the month of Ramadan and has helpful resources such as a cookbook with diabetic-friendly versions of recipes for popular dishes.