Slew of events by HMC to mark World Diabetes Day

November 16, 2012 - 3:21:10 am

People getting their blood tested at the awareness camp held at the entrance of Hamad General Hospital’s Outpatient Department.


Doha: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) launched its annual celebrations of World Diabetes Day on November 13.

The theme for this year’s event is about protecting oneself from diabetes, highlighting ways to be healthy and prevent this condition.

HMC’s programme of activities for World Diabetes Day will last until November 20. As part of the celebration, an awareness camp was held at the entrance of Hamad General Hospital’s Outpatient Department to educate visitors and patients about diabetes.

The camp was opened by Dr Muna Al Maslamani, Deputy Head of Internal Medicine, Dr Mahmoud Zirie, Head of HMC’s Diabetes and Endocrine Section, and other physicians and diabetes specialists at HMC.

The camp offered a diabetes checkup free of charge for the public, and a nutritionist to advise people on proper food that a diabetic patient should consume and foods that can help prevent the disease. There was also a specialist to advise on how diabetics can keep their feet healthy, and informative brochures on how people can live with the disease and ways to prevent obesity and diabetes in children.

A symposium also took place on Wednesday at HMC’s Education Center that was aimed at updating the knowledge of healthcare professionals caring for people with diabetes, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists and health education specialists. 

The symposium was opened by Dr Mahmoud Zirie, and lectures were presented by Dr Momtani, an expert from Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar who discussed diabetes as an international health concern; Dr Amin Jayyousi from HMC who discussed pregnancy diabetes; Dr Mahmoud Al Zyoud from HMC who discussed diabetes in children; and Maya Atani, a nutritionist who discussed obesity in children. The Peninsula