The Diabetes Unit of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital will today end its three day Free Screening and Sensitisation Program for patients, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day held under the theme; “The Family and Diabetes”.
The Diabetes Unit, as part of its sensitisation, toured various radio stations to educate the general public on the risk factors, the symptoms, and management, as well as prevention of the condition in marking the 2019 World Diabetes.
Speaking to Skyy News, the Senior Nurse in Charge of the Out Patients Department (OPD) and the Diabetes Clinic, Mrs. Rose Adinyira, stressed that the family has a role in fighting Diabetes.
“We’re raising awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, and promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. Given the potential of diabetes to impede family harmony, it is imperative that the family looks out for each other, is well informed and lives with a consciousness of the possibility of diabetes and how to prevent it” she explained.
Mrs. Adinyira therefore urged parents to learn about the disease and its warning signs.
“Knowledge of the disease is as important as the management of same. This is why we have to know more about the warning signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diseases especially. Our research shows that 4 out of 5 parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children, while 3 out of 4 parents who’s wards have it are oblivious of same. So it is imperative that we educate ourselves and know what to do” she noted.