| Faza Suraj |
SURI Seri Begawan Hospital (HSSB) yesterday marked World Diabetes Day at its premises, seeing Dr Hajah Wadi Hana binti Haji Sudin, Acting Director of Hospital Services of the Department of Medical Services under the Ministry of Health, as the guest of honour.
In a speech, HSSB CEO Mohmad bin Haji Abd Hamid highlighted the need for diabetic patients to be motivated to lower their blood sugar level.
Roziah binti Othman, a Diabetes Nurse Educator, further illustrated this point, explaining, “It is a part of our initiative to help diabetic patients reach their goal of lowering their sugar level by holding motivational workshops. This includes talks by officers from the Counseling and Career Division of the Department of Schools at the Ministry of Education.”
Meanwhile, in her welcoming speech, Sadiah binti Haji Mohadi, the chairperson of the commemoration of the World Diabetes Day 2014 ceremony, noted that the objectives of the motivational workshop are to increase public awareness on the need to lead a healthy lifestyle, to address the issue of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes in the Sultanate, and to motivate participants to remain positive and proactive in battling the disease.
Guest of honour Dr Hajah Wadi Hana binti Hj Sudin, left, presenting a certificate of appreciation to a Diabetes Nurse Educator
Sadiah binti Haji Mohadi delivers her welcoming speech
Shaikh Haji Khalid speaking about the HSSB Teraja Support Group. PHOTOS: FAZA SURAJ
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“The workshop allows patients the opportunity to discuss the complications faced in managing their condition. Other than that, the workshops are designed to enlighten participants on the importance of healthcare before the occurrence of diabetic complications, while also promoting healthy lifestyle in daily lives for ourselves and family.”
To ensure motivation remains at a high, the HSSB Teraja Support Group – created in 2009 and currently chaired by Serikandi Oilfield Services Sdn Bhd CEO Shaikh Haji Khalid bin Shaikh Haji Ahmad – urged patients to spend one day a month, across 10 months of the year, to discuss with doctors and patients alike on how to improve their condition.
“In 2004, three of us were trained at a Malaysian company called Quintiles – in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Afterwards, our duty was elevated to train the other nurses. Today, we have 15 certified Diabetes Nurse Educators,” Roziah binti Othman explained.
World Diabetes Day, which this year focuses on ‘Healthy Living and Diabetes,’ is celebrated every November 14. The campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) which engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness since 1991.