Eliminating diabetes through prevention, control

first_imgWorld Diabetes DayThe Guyana Diabetic Association, in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry and private stakeholders, on Wednesday organised a small health fair at the Stabroek Square, attracting hundreds who took advantage of the services being offered.The event was organised in celebration of World Diabetes Day and sought to provide a medium for which citizens could be exposed to information that could save lives. It is known that many are sceptical about joining lengthy lines or paying hefty sums for healthcare services; this event eliminated such inconveniences.Services provided during the fair included blood testing, provision of information onDiabetes testing is offered to a passer-bypreventing diabetes from skilled medical personnel and medications that could control the disease.Elizabeth Ram of the New GPC was among those in attendance, delivering medications produced by the pharmaceutical company which were effective in controlling diabetes. There was also a display of high- quality medicines sold at reduced prices.“We’re displaying the products that are more suitable for diabetics. We have some very prominent products like Nutrophos which is very good for specifically diabetics and those ailments. We’re offering some products at a very low discounted price,” said Ram.Other products manufactured by the company include Ferrol, Limacol, the extended range of Whizz tablets, and the newly-introduced Phanadyl Children’s Multi-symptom Cold and Flu.Meanwhile, the Lions Club of Ruimveldt was among the groups to supply first-hand information on the disease.One of its members, Dillon Thompson explained, “We are collaborating with the Guyana Diabetic Association to hold this exhibition on World’s Diabetes Day, where we want to showcase some of the problems that people might encounterBlood pressure testing being done at another boothand we’re hoping that the visitors can be taught how to prevent it.”Guyana Times was also joined by Carlos Farley of the Public Health Ministry who highlighted the possibility of diabetes-induced blindness. At that booth, special attention was placed on eye testing for diabetics by trained ophthalmologists.Farley said, “We’re doing some eye tests [on persons] who are suffering from diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Guyana. We’re doing some eye screening for patients and telling them what they need to do. This includes checking their eyesight every two years, because there can be bleeding behind the eye.”ANSA McAL was among the private stakeholders, and tasked healthcare professionals to conduct free diabetes testing on the spot. This service was utilised by many persons.The 2018 World Diabetes Day theme, “The Family and Diabetes” indicates that a different approach should be taken to eradicate diabetes and all should get involved in health education and testing.last_img read more

Goel, Sisodia clash over house tax waiver

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought to blunt the AAPs attack over a tax waiver for his haveli in old Delhi, saying heritage properties are given such incentives across the world.Goels remarks came on a day Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia made a fresh attempt to corner BJP on the issue against the backdrop of AAPs poll promise to waive house tax for the residents of the national capital.In a video message, Sisodia wondered when Goel was a “beneficiary” of a property tax waiver given by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, why a similar benefit should not be extended to the public.”It is a haveli, in the heritage list of the Delhi government. The Heritage Conservation Committee which includes the additional secretary of Urban Development, officials from MCD, DDA, NDMC and experts cleared the proposal for its restoration,” Goel said.The BJP leader told PTI that worldover heritage properties are given incentives including tax benefits and that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC), chaired by Sisodia, had passed a resolution in favour of similar steps.Sisodia also accused the BJP leaders in the civic bodies of having “pocketed” earnings made from advertisement and parking revenues.Goel bought the 150-200 years old Haveli Dharampura in the Walled City from its owner 11 years ago and effected restoration.The AAP had earlier alleged that the North MCD had changed norms to forgo house tax for Goels property last year. PTI SBR TIRlast_img read more