SAN JUAN, La Union, November 21 (PIA) –Diabetic patients from this town availed of free medical services in observance of World Diabetes Day on Nov.14.
The activity was led by the Department of Health Ilocos Center for Health Development (DOH CHD-1) and the San Juan Diabetes Club.
Erwin M. Baclig, Jr, DOH CHD-1 regional program manager of Essential Non-Communicable Disease, said the annual event provides an opportunity to disseminate information to the public about diabetes, the diabetes diet and prevention, and disease management.
Among the free laboratory tests conducted for diabetes patients include Fasting Blood Sugar, electrocardiogram test, and urinalysis.
“Bukod sa mga isinagawang libreng diabetes-related blood chemistry tests, namigay din kami ng maintenance medicines,” Baclig said.
In La Union, data from the Regional Non-Communicable Disease Unit revealed that there are 8,539 cases of diabetes mellitus.
San Fernando City has the most cases with 1,981 patients, followed by the municipalities of San Juan with 836, Naguilian with 800, Bauang with 716, and Agoo with 700.
Meanwhile, the DOH offers interventions to members of diabetes mellitus clubs such as diabetes education and coaching including social support to improve diabetes testing and monitoring, medication adherence, diet, physical activity, or weight management. These are done in collaboration with the local governments.
The goal of this year's World Diabetes Day theme, "Education to Protect Tomorrow," is to draw attention to the chances to improve diabetes prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)