As a part of this year’s World Diabetes Day Celebrations and inauguration of a spectrum of activities, International Medical Center – Sugar Apollo (Associated to Apollo Group of Hospitals India Ltd),Ruwi has planned for a month long campaign in its premises to promote awareness against this lifestyle dieses in Oman.
The inaugural day activities started at International Medical Center campus by 14th November 2015, 8.00am. The day’s forenoon Session started with Open Forum – Stalls of reputed pharmaceutical companies providing information on different aspects of Diabetes, different modalities of treatment, Free Sugar Check, Free EZ scan which helps to identify the probability of getting diabetic etc. The afternoon session draw attention with the participation of patents and children along with the type 1 diabetic patients who shared their experiences; from different segments of society. Dr Binu P Pillai (Endocrinologist), Dr Praveen Jayapathi (Diabatologist) & Ms Sumaira Fathima (Dietitian) lead the interactive session for parents regarding Life Style diseases and healthy food habits.
Drawing and Essay writing competitions on heath related topics were held for students in three different category; senior, junior and sub junior. Mr Shyam Sailesh (Director International Medical Center) and Ms Sabi Saileswaran distributed the prizes for the winners of Essay writing and Drawing competitions.
In continuation to the events, on 17th November 2015, the International Medical Centre (IMC), Ruwi, in association with Golden Commercial Services & Marketing organized a seminar on diabetes care at the International Medical Centre, Ruwi on 17th November, 2015. IMC’s Apollo Sugar division offered free blood sugar test and heavily discounted special diabetes treatment and diagnosis packages to the participants.
Medical and health experts from IMC presented the latest developments, lifestyle solutions and guidelines with respect to preventing as well as managing diabetes.
DrBinu Pillai, endocrinologist, gave a presentation on the increasing obesity concerns in the Middle East, particularly in Oman. He stressed the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle to keep obesity at bay, and focused on the most advanced medical solutions to check obesity across age groups including children.
Dr Praveen Jeyapathy, diabetologist, enlightened the audience with his presentation on foot-complications linked with diabetes, while dietician Sumaira Fatima talked on the importance of developing proper eating habits to fight obesity and live longer.
Dr Praveen in his presentation said: “Every eight seconds one person dies of diabetes in the world, where an estimated 387 million people live with diabetes. Significantly as much as 46.3% of the cases are undiagnosed, adding to the gravity of the problem. Over the next two decades an estimated 205 million-plus increase in the number of diabetics is predicted, taking the total tally to nearly 600 million diabetes patients.
“Diabetes if allowed unchecked may lead to severe complications including blindness, heart and kidney failures, and amputation. Today nearly half of the diabetics don’t know they have diabetes, and this needs to be addressed. Genetic disorders, sedentary life, unhealthy food, obesity, and ethnic factors all can lead to diabetes. Age is also a factor, with more chances of diabetes post 45. While there can be clear symptoms indicating diabetes, many patients show no visible symptoms for years together, and proper early check-up is the only way forward.
A combination of medicines, diet, exercise and education is the best bet to control diabetes, he said.
Focusing on the significance of foot-care in diabetes, Dr Praveen said 85% of foot-related problems are preventable with proper foot-care, and expert foot examination at an early stage. International Medical Centre has an exclusive Foot Lab to assess foot for nerve function, blood circulation and deformities in just three minutes.
IMC’s Apollo Sugar diabetes centre uses the latest non-invasive diabetes detection tool called EZSCAN offering patients the best-in-class diabetes management solution.
Speaking on the occasion spokesperson said “This is an event open to the public where we invite everyone; both diabetic and non-diabetic to support and be part of this unique cause. The day is scheduled to be filled with various health related and informative activities which is part of the public health awareness programme undertaken by IMC –Sugar Apollo to fight and prevent the disease. This year we are planning for a range of activities giving emphasis to the younger generation, including associating with the willing schools to spread awareness against Diabetes and other lifestyle diseases for healthy generations to come.”
International Medical Center – Sugar Apollo is a leading quality health care provider in Sultanate of Oman which provides comprehensive and exclusive diabetes services under one roof with highly dedicated trained and qualified professionals. A wide range services are offered at IMC includes fulltime dialectologist & endocrinologist, and integrated foot clinic that caters to diabetic patients; thir foot care needs, specialized Eye tests for diabetic patients, In- house nutritionist for diabetic patients and other diagnostics and supportive services. Sugar Apollo Diabetes Services at International Medical Center specializes in diabetes and endocrine care. Sugar offers end-to-end diabetes care.