CABA, La Union, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- Diabetes experts from La Union conducted a screening caravan on Nov. 17 at Caba Covered Court here, in line with the World Diabetes Day celebration.
The activity held from 6 a.m. to 12 noon was led by the Department of Medicine of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC), in partnership with the La Union Medical Society (LUMS) and local government unit (LGU) of Caba.
According to Dr. Tess Orlino, LUMS president, the activity is going on for the past eight years within the province with an aim to increase awareness of the community on Diabetes Mellitus and its impact in the family.
"The observance of the World Diabetes Day is created to raise awareness on the increasing rate of diabetes worldwide," she said.
Further, she said, diabetes has become the number cause of chronic kidney disease in the Philippines based on the 2012 statistics from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
"Malaki ang impact ng diabetes sa pasyente at sa kanyang pamilya kaya naman narito kami para tulungan kayo sa promotion, education, at management ng sakit na ito," Orlino said.
Dr. Hannah U. Corpuz, endocrinologist from the ITRMC and this year's over-all coordinator of the event, provided information on the World Diabetes Day logo and what it symbolizes.
Corpuz said the logo is a blue circle and it is the global symbol for diabetes. For diabetes experts, however, it could mean unity.
"Para sa mga mangagalaga ng diabetes, ito po ay simbolo ng pagkakakisa o unity. Kahit ano pa man ang background or specialization namin, kami po ay iisa sa aming hangarin na mangalaga ng ating mga pasyente ng maayos at mapababa ang komplikayson na dulot ng diabetes," she said.
Betronila Maglaya, 64, from Barangay Gana shared her gratitude to the organizers for bringing health services to the community.
The senior citizen, who learned about the screening from her daughter, said she is happy with the results of her blood sugar and uric acid.
"I appreciate this activity because people are able to know the status of their health without paying much and going to the health clinics," she said in Iloco language.
Some 300 individuals all over La Union, who only paid P250 each, were entitled to free event shirt, meals, and blood sugar, cholesterol, foot, eye, and dental screening, electrocardiogram (ECG) test, lectures, Zumba exercise, raffle draw, and games.
Meanwhile, Caba Vice Mayor Mangaser, on behalf of the LGU, vowed to welcome the event organizers again should they plan to hold other activities for the betterment of the residents in their municipality.
World Diabetes Day is observed globally every November 14. This year's theme is Family and Diabetes.(JCR/JND, PIA La Union)