WRHA group to sup­port chil­dren with di­a­betes

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

A West­ern Re­gional Health Author­ity (WRHA) Di­a­betes Sup­port Group will be launched at the Corn­wall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal (CRH) next week Friday. Con­cur­rently, there will be a one-day camp for chil­dren liv­ing with di­a­betes.

Both events are be­ing spear­headed by the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sion­als In Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics and Min­istry of Health Su­per­vised Prac­tice Pro­gramme par­tic­i­pants un­der the theme, ‘Help Save a Life: Sup­port Chil­dren with Di­a­betes’ and will be staged on the lawns of the hos­pi­tal be­tween 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The sup­port group will be work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Med­i­cal and Para­medic groups of CRH and WRHA ad­min­is­tra­tion to as­sist chil­dren and ado­les­cents liv­ing with di­a­betes and their care­givers to en­able them to bet­ter cope and man­age the con­di­tion, re­sult­ing in a bet­ter qual­ity of life for the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

In 2007, the Global In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion (IDF) and the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Pae­di­atric and Ado­les­cent Di­a­betes re­ported an es­ti­mated 440,000 chil­dren around the world hav­ing di­a­betes, with 70,000 new cases di­ag­nosed each year. Also, the Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica, Life for a Child, re­vealed that over 1,000 chil­dren with di­a­betes are be­ing treated in the pub­lic sec­tor. Of this, ap­prox­i­mately five per cent are reg­is­tered and re­ceive treat­ment within the pub­lic hos­pi­tals in the West­ern Re­gional Health Author­ity.

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