Managing diabetes discussed at Health Conference

Karachi—Speakers, most of them young speakers, at 25th International Children’s Health Conference urged the people to adopt diabetes preventive measures as managing diabetes is not so difficult and can be managed by choosing a simple life style, daily exercise, walking, balanced diet and avoiding sugar intake and smoking.
The Conference was held on April 6, 2016 and organized jointly by Hamdard Public School and Hamdard Foundation Pakistan on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)’s theme for the 2016 “Beat diabetes” on the occasion of World Health Day 2016, presided over by Dr. Sara Salman, head of W.H.O. Sindh Office at a local hotel.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief guest of the conference and renowned diabetologist, Dr. Fatema Jawad said that there were approximately 7.1 million (10.7%) diabetic patients in Pakistan and the numbers would increase by 11.1 per cent by 2020.
People must be encouraged to take preventive measures against this disease and government should provide facility of awareness centers to public as hitherto no figure of child patients of diabetes are available, she added.
She discussed in detail the types and reasons of diabetes including gestational and pregnancy diabetes and stressed unless people changed their life style the situation would not be changed. Highlighting the threats and consequences of diabetes, she said that this disease could destroy gums and teeth, create swelling on face and foot, sever pain in body and lead to glaucoma, blindness and sudden death, she warned.
Earlier Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan while delivering conference address said that quarter of a century had elapsed since Hamdard held its first international children’s health conference and that ground-breaking event – the very first conference for and by children was the result of one of the innovative ideas of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said in Pakistan, and was one more proof of his determination to give children’s voices a chance to be heard.
Since then, it has become a tradition of Hamdard to hold this international children’s health conference, on or around World Health Day – 7 April — on the theme for that year provided by the W.H.O., she added.

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