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Community diabetes centre at Hospicio hospital to benefit S Goa residents

MARGAO: Hospicio hospital in Margao on Friday launched a community diabetes centre (CDC) as part of the Changing Diabetes Barometer project launched by the state government dedicated to management of diabetes in the state. The first centre was set up in Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim.

The state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Embassy of Denmark and Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF) to address the growing cases of diabetes in the state.

Inaugurated at the hands of the director of health services Dr Sanjeev Dalvi, the centre will provide diagnosis, consultation, counselling, education and overall comprehensive treatment free of cost. In addition, the CDC would also provide anti-diabetic drugs, both oral and insulin, as per the requirement of people.

A dedicated diabetes educator will also be present to provide counselling to diabetes patients on diet, exercise, monitoring and medication. In addition, anganwadi workers will be making home visits for diabetes testing and provide relevant diabetes education literature.

“The Hospicio CDC, the third in the first set of five CDCs to be set up, will provide diabetes testing and treatment facilities to people in South Goa areas. Diabetes is a growing concern and with the launch of CDCs we are sure that it will help in effectively addressing the diabetes challenge. Citizens need to get checked for diabetes so that right treatment can be initiated at the right time,” said Hospicio hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Ira Almeida.

The CDC will also be equipped with screening material including glucometer, lancets, test strips, weighing machines, BP instrument, stadiometer as well as education material such as posters, flip charts etc, related to various aspects of the disease. Correct insulin injection techniques will also be explained to patients at the CDC.

The sedentary lifestyle, food and culture habits have made Goans prone to developing diabetes. Currently, Goa is home to 3.6 lakh people with diabetes of which over 2.2 lakh people with diabetes are living in urban areas.

NNEF in association with the government of Goa is conducting medical education programmes under the Learning and Excellence Academy for Diabetes and its co-morbidities (LEAD) programme for government hospital doctors and nurses.

In addition, training will also be provided to field health workers for creating community-level awareness on diabetes, counselling on importance of maintaining good glycaemic control and regular adhering to treatment for avoiding complications. NNEF will also provide IEC (paper and digital videos) to the government doctors to organise patient education programme (PEP) on diabetes management.

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