Qatar Diabetes Association, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, held an online discussion session for parents of children with type 1 diabetes in cooperation with Sidra Medicine.
With the participation of around 100 parents and guardians, the session focused on how to care for diabetic children, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how to deal with an insulin pump. It also focused on promoting mental health and measures necessary in the event of returning to schools at the start of the academic year during September.
Executive Director of the Qatar Diabetes Association Dr. Abdullah Al Hamaq expressed the Association's willingness to provide all possible assistance in training school nurses and school faculties, praising the important educational dose in the session.
Dr. Al Hamaq confirmed that these educational meetings with the parents of diabetic children will continue through video technology to spread the benefit until things return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.
For her part, Director of Clinical Service of Endocrinology at Sidra Medicine Dr. Fawziya Ali Al Khalaf, the main speaker at the session, confirmed that no coronavirus cases were recorded among diabetic children in the State of Qatar, adding that Sidra Medicine monitor children in their homes through telephone instead of making them come to the hospital for their safety.
Dr. Al Khalaf gave advice to parents on the importance of controlling the sugar level of their children by following the established food plan and taking insulin doses prescribed by the doctor, in addition to exercising. She confirmed Sidra Medicine's readiness to respond to requests for psychological advice over the phone at any time.
(Source: Qatar News Agency - QNA)
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