WRHA group to support children with diabetes
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.