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Bulakeños to receive free medical services for Diabetes
Friday, 06 July 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (PSEM) in cooperation with the Bulacan Medical Society and the Provincial Government of Bulacan will celebrate the Diabetes Awareness Week with the theme “Hawak kamay laban sa diabetes” via free medical services on July 8, 2012, Sunday, 6:30 in the morning at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.

Dr. Mary Jane Gutierrez, head of the Advocacy Committee of PSEM Northern Tagalog chapter said that the first 100 Bulakeños will be given the opportunity to avail free x-ray while up to 400 people will be able to avail free screening of blood sugar and cholesterol, and ECG.

“In this diabetes awareness for the lay, we will also have foot screening, nutritional counseling, cooking demo and many more, it’s a half day event up to 12 pm and it will be full with services for our residents here in Bulacan,” added Dr. Gutierrez.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that activities like this will help Bulakeños to be aware of the danger that diabetes, being one of the top causes of death in the country, may bring and encouraged the people to avail of the services that PSEM is offering.

“Kailangan maging bukas ang ating mga mata para dito kasi marami itong kumplikasyon kaya dapat habang maaga pa nagpapasuri na tayo. Mabuti na ‘yung nag-iingat tayo nang sa gayon hindi na humantong pa sa malalang sitwasyon,” the governor added.

Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando is expected to grace the event as the guest of honor.

Dr. Gutierrez said that there will also conduct the same activity for the doctors on July 13, 2012.

According to the Diabetes Atlas 5th Edition 2011, the estimated number of adults living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, representing 8.3% of the global adult population. This number is projected to increase to 552 million people by 2030, or 9.9% of adults which equates to approximately three more people with diabetes every 10 seconds.

Moreover, it is also stated that in the Philippines, the prevalence of diabetes increased from 3.4% in 2003 to 4.8% in 2008 (NNHeS 2008). Diabetes also ranks 8thin the top 10 leading causes of death in the country (DOH- Health Statistics 2006).

Diabetes is a serious, chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long term damage and failure of organ functions, especially the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels. This is a global concern that cuts across geographical boundaries regardless of race, sex, status and age. ###

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