Health staff from Beau Vallon health centre, in collaboration with Lions Club Seychelles and the District Administration (DA) Office, hosted a group of 20 diabetic patients, in a health exhibition, at the DA’s office, on Friday 13th November.
The event, which commemorated World Diabetes Day, saw the participation of the Non-Communicable Disease Nurse of the Beau Vallon Health Centre Mrs. Christina Olivia, with the Physiotherapy and dental unit. Together they showcased the effect on diabetes on the body and ways that people can live with the disease. Several of the displays illustrated common complications of diabetes, including gum diseases and loss of mobility due to poor blood circulation with high glucose levels.
In her opening remarks, Mrs Julita William, Diabetes Programme Manager, said that “As health workers, the need to educate patients and listening to their concerns is essential to ensure effective diabetic treatments”. In that spirit and in solidarity to people living with diabetes, the patients themselves and invited guests, lit candles and placing them in a circle as a show of support.
“Engaging our patients into understanding the need for treatment in a visual context is crucial to helping them make the necessary lifestyle changes,” said Mrs. Olivia.
“Patients need more than just their routine consultations, they need the power of knowledge,” she added.
Attendees of the event expressed their appreciation of this targeted activity and emphasised on how re-adjusting lifestyle and coping with diabetes is not difficult provided one has the will power and immense support from all directions of the society. Speaking to our one of our health staff, Dr Guy Ah-Moye, a retired Medical Officer, expressed his wish to see more trained nurses in the diabetic field, bringing the success in treatments to greater heights in Seychelles.
The activity was also attended by the Nurse Manager of the Beau Vallon health centre, Mrs. Lizzie Estico, President of the Lions Club of Seychelles, Lion Reggie Jeyasena, District Administrator, Mrs. Denise Clarisse. It concluded with an exercise session by the Physiotherapy unit.
World Diabetes Day is observed annually on Saturday 14th November. This year’s theme “Introducing the global diabetes compact” is dedicated to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on diabetic patients to highlight the higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness when diabetic patients are infected.
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