World Diabetes Day 2017 focuses on women and diabetes

Damascus, SANA – Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly as one of the major health threats to human being. As the Diabetes World Day is approaching on November 14th, studies sound the alarm over soaring rates of diabetes cases all over the world.  1 in 10 under threat of developing  diabetes, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) figures.

The IDF indicated that around 415 million people are living with type 2 diabetes in the world, further 318 million adults are estimated to have impaired glucose tolerance which puts them at high risk of progressing to diabetes, noting that more than half a million children aged 14 and under living with type 1 diabetes.

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and Diabetes, with the slogan “Our right to a healthy future”. The campaign will promote the importance that all women with diabetes require affordable and equitable access to care and education to better manage their diabetes and improve their health outcomes. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes, 60 million of whom are of reproductive age.

In Syria, Health Ministry continues to provide diabetes diagnosis and treatment services free of charges through public and specialized centers. This year, Damascus Health Directorate  noted to the positive value of its new experience in the automation of clinical database records for diabetic patients from adults and children with its director Ramez Orfali expressing it as “successful and useful method to count the number of patients and assessing their pharmaceutical needs.”

Head of communicable and non-communicable diseases department at the Directorate, Saad al-Quseiri highlighted the automation of patient records helped regulate the diagnosis, follow-up and treatment processes, noting that diabetic patient are referred to the al-Zahera Diabetes Center where they undergo free of charge comprehensive medical evaluation to examine the functions of glands, the heart, the eyes, the kidney, the nervous system and joints.

He noted to the “shortage of insulin and other diabetes medications and difficulties hindering its accessibility due to current war circumstances, noting that providing insulin therapy to children is a priority.”

The number of diabetic patients who receive treatment in Damascus reached 17000 adults and up to 500 children, according to Walid Makhlouf, Head of Specialized Medical Centers.

He stated that regular diabetes awareness sessions are held to educate patients and provide psychological support to them.

R. Raslan/ Ghossoun

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