Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), in conjunction with Action on Diabetes, hosted an open educational session for 100 doctors as part of its new ‘fasting and diabetes’ campaign for 2014.
Physicians attending the event hailed from a variety of health sectors including Primary Health Care, diabetes clinics in private hospitals, in addition to Police and Army clinics.
The educational session gave doctors information and guidance about advising their patients already living with diabetes on best ways to fast and manage their condition during the holy month of Ramadan.
The session was delivered by Dr Abdullah Al Hamaq, QDA Executive Director; Dr Mahmoud Zerie, Diabetes Consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Head of the Medical Committee at QDA; and Mrs Kaite El-Nahas, Senior Dietician at QDA.
Dr Abdullah Al Hamaq said: “This session was part of our annual educational program ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. It was dedicated to healthcare providers to update them on diabetes information and enable them to train people with diabetes about fasting safely during Ramadan.
“Our Ramadan campaign also includes other educational secessions dedicated to people with diabetes, which will guide them during the fasting period and educate them about the importance of regular blood sugar testing, as well as being aware of the correct dose of medication, be it insulin injections, an insulin pump or pills, in order to lower blood sugar levels.”
Participants to QDA’s programs were also told about the best blood sugar level to maintain during Ramadan, the importance of carrying glucose pills or sweets at all times to avoid a low blood sugar level which arises most often during times of fasting.
Hotlines will be opened by QDA in June for people living with diabetes to call with any issues. The phones will be operated in collaboration with doctors from HMC and Primary Health Care.
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