World Health Day at KNH Focused on Pregnant Mother and Children.
Khafji National Hospital joins the international celebration of the “World Health Day” last April 7, 2016. The WHO is marking its annual World Health Day (7 April), which celebrates the Organization’s founding in 1948, by issuing a call for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.
In its call for action to reduce and manage the incidence of diabetes Khafji National Hospital headed by the Training and Education Department in collaboration with the Nutrition and Dietetics Department and Hospitality Department, held an awareness campaign for the patients and personnel of the hospital. Health campaign involves the teaching of pregnant mothers on the importance of proper nutrition, children on the other hand were also included to be educated on proper diet and good food choices.
This activity underscore the following findings of the World Health Organization. Among the key findings from the “Global report on diabetes” are:
• The number of people living with diabetes and its prevalence are growing in all regions of the world. In 2014, 422 million adults (or 8.5% of the population) had diabetes, compared with 108 million (4.7%) in 1980.
• The epidemic of diabetes has major health and socioeconomic impacts, especially in developing countries.
• In 2014, more than 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years were overweight and more than one in 10 were obese.
• The complications of diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. For example, rates of lower limb amputation are 10 to 20 times higher for people with diabetes.
• Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012. Higher-than-optimal blood glucose caused an additional 2.2 million deaths by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases.
• Many of these deaths (43%) occur prematurely, before the age of 70 years, and are largely preventable through adoption of policies to create supportive environments for healthy lifestyles and better detection and treatment of the disease.
• Good management includes use of a small set of generic medicines; interventions to promote healthy lifestyles; patient education to facilitate self-care; and regular screening for early detection and treatment of complications.