People taking part in the Beat Diabetes walkathon held on the Corniche yesterday. (Qassim rahmatullah)
By Isabel Ovalle
DOHA: The third annual Beat Diabetes walkathon took place in Doha yesterday with the participation of approximately 5,000 people, including students from ten different schools.
This initiative was organised by Landmark Group under the patronage of Qatar Diabetes Association to commemorate World Diabetes Day (November 14). The meeting point for participants was the Orry mascot located on the Corniche. From there the walkathon advanced for about 800 metres towards the City Centre, to undo the same way back.
Families from all nationalities took part in the walk and in the Zumba and warm-up session prior to it. Children’s entertainment such as face-painting was organised at the venue as well.
Doctor Amel Adam, Head of Health Care at Qatar Diabetes Association, told The Peninsula that “the prevalence rate of diabetes in Qatar is getting higher. We want people to be aware, that’s way we have blood sugar testing and stations to educate them”. During this campaign it was discovered that many people have high blood sugar rate. These people were directed to health centres and given information about the services of Qatar Diabetes Association.
The Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association, Doctor Abdullah Al Hamaq, said that “diabetes affects a large number of people in Qatar. It is the need of the hour to increase the level of diabetes awareness in the community if we are to reduce its incidence. Events such as the walkathon and free blood glucose camps are commendable, as they better equip people with relevant information on diabetes and highlight the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices”.
Suresh Sarma, General Manager of Landmark Group, said that “this is an awareness programme and anybody can join the walk”. Whilst Santosh K Pai, Chief Operating Officer of Landmark, said that “for people that already have diabetes it’s a great opportunity to learn how to manage it, while others can learn to have a healthy life style”.