Sri Narayani Hospital & Research Centre
Diabetes Camp Report
With the Divine blessing of our beloved Sri Sakthi Amma, on March 19th, 2006, the Sri Narayani Hospital & Research Centre conducted a Diabetes Camp. The General Superintendent, Dr. Surendra Babu was present for this occasion. The Camp started with a prayer, and Mr. Murugasen, Camp Coordinator, delivered the welcome speech.
The Primary Goals of this Program
• To identify new diabetic patients and conduct free, random blood sugar tests for the needy and less fortunate patients
• To create awareness and knowledge among the people about Diabetes Mellitus and its negative effects on the eyes, nerves and kidneys
The following explanation of Diabetes Mellitus was given to further educate everyone who attended:
It is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia) resulting from defects in insulin production, secretion, decreased cellular response to insulin or a combination of these factors. This leads to hyperglycemia which may lead to acute metabolic complications, such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) (high levels of acids) & hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic (HHNS) syndrome. In HHNS, the blood sugar levels rise and the body tries to get rid of it by passing it into the urine.
Long-term hyperglycemia may also contribute to chronic microvascular complication (kidneys & eye disease) and neuropathic (nervous system) complications. Diabetes is also associated with an increased occurrence of macrovascular disease (fat and clot build up in large blood vessels), including coronary artery disease (myocardial infarction), cerebrovascular disease (stroke) and peripheral vascular disease.
As many as 117 patients attended the Camp and registered for a physical examination and screening by Dr. Aravind. A Health Education lecture on Diabetes Mellitus was given by Ms. Jayanthi, the Dietician at the Sri Narayani Hospital & Research Centre. After the examinations, 25 patients out of the 117 were identified as diabetic. These patients were scheduled for follow-up and treatment. As part of the awareness program, the risks factors about Diabetes Mellitus were outlined to everyone present.
With the Guidance of Dr. Aravind and the Community Health Team the Diabetes Camp successfully came to a close and was greatly appreciated.