People being screened at the Action on Diabetes programme at the Katara Cultural Village.
DOHA: Many people at an awareness campaign for diabetes were not aware that they had the disease.
Over 1,500 people got tested for diabetes at the Action on Diabetes (AOD’s) ‘Diabetes Screening and Awareness Village’ at Katara Cultural Village recently.
A total of 54 who were tested positive were previously unaware that they had abnormal high levels of blood sugar, indicating they might have the condition.
All individuals that had abnormal high levels of blood sugar or found to be at risk of developing diabetes had a consultation with a diabetes educator and were referred to assigned centres and physicians for further advice and treatment.
The Head of Endocrinology, Diabetes Division at Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr Mahmoud Zirie, said: “The campaign highlighted that the number of people in Qatar who are unaware of their diabetes condition or are pre-diabetic is rather high. By 2030, it is estimated that the number of people with diabetes will almost double. However, with initiatives such as the Diabetes Screening and Awareness Village we are trying to significantly lower these numbers through education, early detection and intervention.”
Raising awareness about diabetes and the need to be regularly screened was one of the main objectives of the campaign as early detection can stop the onset of the condition.
While reaching out to Qatar’s local population to provide free diabetes testing and advice by professional staff from the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) and Hamad Hospital, the campaign also offered other fun filled events including cooking demonstrations showcasing healthy menus, fun exercises and Kids Zone.
The Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, said: “The number of people with diabetes in Qatar is increasing; we are proud of the role the AOD partnership plays through its various health and well-being initiatives to raise awareness and provide support to the Qatari authorities to reduce the incidence of diabetes. Action on Diabetes is a successful model in how public and private partnerships can make a real difference to the society.”