5,000 & still counting
Islamabad—Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases (ADLD) Thursday organized free health screening tests including blood sugar testing, hepatitis B and C screening at the Centaurus Mall and tested over 5,000 visitors including youngsters, elderly, kids and women in day long activity. By the time this scribe is filing the report, the count was over 5,045 and there was a long queue of those who had though come to shop yet on a second thought decided to get a free test of diabetes and liver functioning. ADLD’s volunteers, over 80, were busy besides taking tests and screening etc in counseling the public and according to Dr Musarrat Iqbal, Co-Chairperson of the ADLD, not only diabetic patients turned up at their screening stall, patients of neurotherapy, hypertension, psychological and psychic cases also consulted for counseling.
When asked why ADLD chose Centaurus Mall for its screening test, a volunteer of the ADLD said the rationale was to select a point where maximum number of youth, women and general public visit and Centaurus Mall is such a place.
About diabetes, he said it is a silent killer. Medical science is an ever-changing field. New discoveries come up every day, and there is no magic pill for diabetes, you need only to adopt healthy living style to counter the disease.
Dr Saleem Qureshi, the founder chairman of the ADLD was also present on the scene and closely monitoring the screening tests and guiding the patients/inquirers. In Pakistan diabetes is at 14pc while liver disorders are 5pc. However, according to Dr Musarrat both the challenges needed to be stalled in or they would go rampant and out of control. With regard to awareness of diabetes and liver disorders, she regretted it was at the minimum level. According to a doctor present on the occasion, we mostly get conscious of diabetes and seek some awareness on it when we pass the age of 40. On the other hand, diabetes is becoming a common complaint even in our youth of 20 or so years of age.
Shoppers on the other hand expressed their joy at the free screening tests. It is an extra benefit of coming to Centaurus today (Thursday) that we have undergone free screening tests, said Salma who had come for grocery items shopping but leaving the grocery items aside had decided to first get her diabetes monitored. Anwar a father of two who had come with friends to have some snacks at the food court also stood in the queue for blood sugar tests and liver functioning. I am happy that I have not been diagnosed with either of the two and I am thankful to Dr Saleem Qureshi and the entire ADLD team to raise awareness among masses on diabetes and liver functioning, he said.