In recognition of World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2013, HMC has organised a series of events designed to increase awareness of the effects of diabetes and its complications.
Created in 1991 and led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), each year World Diabetes Day engages millions of people in diabetes advocacy and awareness. The Senior Consultant and Head of HMC’s Endocrinology at the Diabetes Division, Dr Mahmoud Zirie, said:
Diabetes affects almost all parts and organs of the body and awareness campaigns such as the events we are holding in association with World Diabetes Day are important for reducing the burden of this disease and improving health outcomes for those living with diabetes.’
HMC’s awareness campaign will focus on early detection and prevention of diabetes and includes a full week of events that commenced on 10 November 2013. The awareness campaign includes a series of elementary and secondary school visits where nurses and cafeteria supervisory staff will be taught how to manage diabetes in the school environment. On 12 November 2013, a three-day exhibition will open at the Outpatient Entrance of Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and will provide patients and visitors with counseling from physicians, dieticians, educators, podiatrists and pharmacists. Diabetes screening and blood sugar checks will also be available. Other planned events include a symposium for clinicians, educational and screening events at both Al Wakra and Al Khor Hospitals, a three-day event at Katara with Action on Diabetes and a walkathon.
Earlier this year, HGH inaugurated a new first-class national Diabetes Center during a ceremony led by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, HE Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, Minister of Public Health and Hanan Al-Kuwari, PhD, Managing Director of HMC. 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 or for a full listing of events, visit HMC’s website.