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Posted On: 21 November 2010 12:39 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Walkathon to raise awareness about diabetes

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The Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) is organising a walkathon on the Corniche on November 26 from 3pm to 5pm, to encourage the society to follow a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid the complications of diabetes. The walkathon is part of a number of events being organised by QDA this month in connection with the programmes of World Diabetes Day, observed on November 14 each year. The QDA building lit up in blue World Diabetes Day has been announced by both the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), to commemorate the birth date of Frederick Banten, who shared with Charles Best in 1922 the discovery of insulin, a hormone essential to control the level of sugar in the blood. QDA has held, during this month, various activities and seminars all over the country to identify diabetes, its complications and risks, as well as emphasise the importance of awareness and health education, among people who already have diabetes and the ones who are at risk. In this regard, QDA is holding seminars and training workshops for the staff of the health sector, it is distributing posters to the health centres as well as other governmental and private organisations in the state. In celebration of World Diabetes Day, QDA’s building and Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre (Fanar) were lit in blue to participate with nearly 160 important architectural landmarks around the world which were all lit in blue, the colour adopted for the day by the WHO. IDF regional manager and QDA executive director Dr Abdulla al-Hamaq stressed that prevention of diabetes is simple and effective and it must be on top of the daily list. “Early detection is the most important step to prevent diabetes and deal with it,” he asserted. QDA emphasises the right of each patient to develop his or her own plan to be taken to the highest level of care and education and to be supported with adequate information and good participation of health providers. QDA is providing services including foot care and optometry, health education, home-test calendar, medical consultation, retinal check, a hotline during Ramadan, blood sugar test, educational camps, as well as two gym halls in QDA building in order to encourage patients with diabetes to reduce their weight. “QDA is launching a mobile clinic soon,” revealed Dr al-Hamaq, while reiterating the association’s three-pronged strategy. QDA is trying to achieve its objectives by focusing on patients with diabetes, how to support and take care of them, other members of the society and how to prevent them from having diabetes, and the medical team whose job is to provide patients with care and support.