Posted on April 08, 2016

Diabetes screening at all hospitals and health centres in the country will be done without prior appointments for a week from tomorrow to mark World Health Day. Mobile clinics and temporary tents will be set up at different places for screening, officials said yesterday. World Health Day is commemorated today and World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen ‘Beat Diabetes,’ as the theme to raise awareness and combat the disease. Qatar, together with countries from across the world, is highlighting the most significant issues related to diabetes. “Qatar pays special attention to diabetes particularly because 17 percent of adults in the country are diabetic.

“Diabetes was the No. 4 top cause of deaths in Qatar in the last decade. For that reason, we have launched National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2022 to create a developed vision for diabetic healthcare and define a way of improving health and wellness in the country in order to reduce the numbers of people who suffer from the disease,” Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari said. The Ministry of Public Health represented by the Public Health Department, in collaboration with stakeholders, will mark World Health Day with activities across the country during the next week. There will be special diabetes awareness programmes which will continue for a year. 

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“Today, we are celebrating World Health Day under the theme ‘Eat Healthy Be Active’ with joint efforts of all relevant organisations, institutions and authorities to achieve the National Diabetes Strategy goal ‘Preventing Diabetes Together’ through an integrated plan in which everyone participate,” Dr Salih Ali Al Marri from the ministry told a press conference yesterday. Diabetes screening in all hospitals of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will be held without prior appointments during World Health Day activities. HMC will set two tents in Wakra Waqif Souq and Al Khor Park tomorrow to screen for diabetes for free. In collaboration with Al Wakra Sports Club, HMC will also assign a trainer to give guidance on how to do exercises in the public area of Wakra Souq Waqif.

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will conduct diabetes screening at health centres without prior appointments. Health promotion and awareness lectures on diabetes will be held at selected schools. Diabetes screening will also be done without prior appointments at selected private hospitals. Qatar Diabetes Association will assign a mobile clinic and a team of healthcare professionals at Aspire Park today. The Youth Challenge Diabetes Camp 2016 will be held between from April 9 to 13.

Action on Diabetes, in collaboration with Maersk Qatar Petroleum, will assign a mobile clinic in Katara tomorrow as part of World Health Day activities. In 2014, the global prevalence of diabetes was estimated at 9 percent among adults above 18. The prevalence of diabetes in the Eastern Mediterranean region is estimated at 13.7 percent among adults above 18. In Qatar, the 17 percent prevalence of diabetics among the adult population is expected to be doubled by 2045 unless appropriate action to limit the spread of the disease is in place.

source: The Peninsula