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GENERAL HOSPITAL IKORODU CELEBRATES Y2021 WORLD DIABETES DAY

General Hospital, Ikorodu recently joined the rest of the world to celebrate the Year 2021 World Diabetes Day set aside to raise awareness on growing burden of the disease and strategies to prevent or treat it.

The celebration, which marks the centenary of the discovery of insulin in 1921, a scientific achievement that changed the lives of people living with diabetes, was held within the premises of the hospital and had as theme for Year 2021 to 2023: “Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When”?

The Medical Director/CEO of General Hospital, Ikorodu, Dr. Taiwo Hassan, stated at the ceremony that diabetes should not be seen as a death sentence.

His words: “Even though it does not have a cure, diabetes can be managed if treated properly. I implore you to follow the Doctor’s prescription and not combine orthodox with traditional treatment. Drugs do not work optimally with herbal medicine; rather, the herbs counteract and interfere with the efficacies of prescribed drugs, which could further aggravate a patient’s condition or lead to death in the long run”.

Dr. Lukman Olalekan Kareem, the Consultant Cardiologist at the hospital, enlightened the audience on what diabetes is and how it can be prevented or treated as he disclosed that diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

Dr. Kareem said, “This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia) and if left unchecked, without management and lifestyle changes, it can cause visual impairment, blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, amputation, nerve damage, erectile dysfunction, among other complications”.

“Healthy diet, physical activities and avoiding alcohol and tobacco use, with regular screening can prevent or delay this Type 2 diabetes”, he added.

A Dietician at the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Miss. Banke Ajibade, also enlightened those who are diabetic on the right and safe amount of food for consumption while she demystified the claim that diabetics always have restricted meals.

According to her, “the difference in the food intake of a person treating diabetes and the one free of diabetes is the portion of their food. A healthy dietary lifestyle that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables should be adopted.

“Also, regular physical activity is an important part of diabetes management and prevention. Whether indoor or outdoor, every step counts to help stay healthy. If outdoor activities are impossible for you to engage in, walking, dancing or engaging in simple chores in your home are okay. You can encourage your friends, family members and colleagues to join”, she stated.

The hospital’s Head of Ophthalmology Department, Dr. Olayemisi Alabi, explained the implications of not treating diabetes properly and timely to the eyes, which could cause partial or total blindness.

Nurse Kolawole Temitope of the General Out-Patient Department harped on the care of the feet as she stressed that a diabetic needs to avoid any form of injury to avoid amputation because wounds do not heal easily when one has diabetes.

Also speaking, the Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Olufemi Aletan, the Director, Clinical Service and Training, Dr. Saliu Oseni and the Director, Pharmacy Department, Mrs. Catherine Martins, in their separate remarks reiterated that most people living with diabetes in African countries are unaware of their condition, hence, regular screening should be done to avoid complications.

Representatives of different pharmaceutical companies, diabetes support groups and advocates, health professionals, the media as well as staff of the hospital were equally in attendance.

World Diabetes Day is a global event observed annually on the 14th of November to raise awareness about diabetes as a global public health issue as well as measures to collectively and individually to prevent, diagnose and manage the condition.

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