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Mahim hospital gets diabetes office

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on Tuesday opened an office at SL Raheja Hospital in Mahim. This will be its head office for South East Asia.

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2010 01:47 IST
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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on Tuesday opened an office at SL Raheja Hospital in Mahim. This will be its head office for South East Asia.

IDF is an umbrella organisation of over 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries. The organisation plans to start diabetes-related educational training programmes in hospitals.

“We plan to start with training courses for nurses in diabetes education. Training will be given in areas such as counseling the diabetic patients and follow-up care required for these patients,” said Dr Ann Keeling, CEO, IDF.

“Nurses mostly cater to the needs of the patients when doctors are busy and this training will help them to provide more accurate care to the patients,” said Keeling. The organisation also plans to launch a global programme to cater to the rising incidence of gestational diabetes in the country.

“An estimated four million women in India have gestational diabetes which affects them during pregnancy,” said Dr Keeling. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes

have an increased risk of developing type II diabetes later in life.

IDF will launch ‘Save a child’ campaign in the city with the SL Raheja Hospital, whereby needy children will be given insulin treatment at concessional rates. “Children do not have access to insulin which is a life saving medication,” said Dr Uma Nambiar, CEO, SL Raheja Hospital.