Staff Reporter

Weeklong series included patient education

  • . Participants carry banners stressing on lifestyle modification
  • Students present villupattu on the problems of diabetes

    CHENNAI: Around 400 students, doctors and patients in North Chennai participated in a rally marking the valedictory of the weeklong public awareness programme as part of World Diabetes Day.

    The event was organised by the Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital.

    The rally included nursing and medical students from the college and was flagged off by Cynthiya Alexander, superintendent of the Government RSRM Lying-in Hospital, Royapuram. Participants carried banners andplacards stressing on lifestyle modification and on the various aspects of diabetes, its complications and prevention.

    R. Madhavan, head, Diabetology Department, Stanley Hospital, said, "The department is over 50 years old. We have a registry of 70,000 patients. Of these, 150 suffer from insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes. Public education programmes include a session on injection technique of insulin." The hospital receives at least 700 patients every day at the outpatient department. It also treats at least one diabetic foot syndrome every day.

    R.S. Hariharan, former head of the Diabetology department at Madras Medical College, spoke on the preventive aspects of diabetes and its complications. He called for lifestyle modification, including weight reduction, diet control and periodic screening. K. Rajendran, additional professor of medicine and Mustaq Ahmed Khan, dean, Stanley Medical College, also spoke.

    Stanley's Nursing college students presented a villupattu on the problems caused by diabetes and its prevention.