The De La Salle University Medical Center celebrated the World Diabetes Day last November 14, 2015. It was organized by the Diabetes Education Center spearheaded by Dr. Daveric A. Pagsisihan, Diabetes Education Center adviser and Mr. Cermine A. Fidel, RN Diabetes Nurse Educator, in coordination with the Industrial Clinic and Corporate Sales and Marketing Department.
The event was also made possible by different clinical departments of the hospital and partners from various pharmaceutical companies. The activity aimed to raise awareness about diabetes, to bring diabetes to the attention of the general public and to support the fight against diabetes. The event was attended by DLSUMC doctors, nurses, employees, students, and patients. Various non-government organizations and residents of selected communities of the city of Dasmariñas, Cavite also joined the celebration. The program was formally opened by an invocation led by Forte, a singing group from the Nursing Services Department, and a welcome address by Dr. Gary N. Carlos, Director for Specialized Services.
The highlight of the activity was the formation of the Human Blue Circle. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It also signifies the unity of the global community in fighting the epidemic of diabetes. Other activities during the celebration include zumba dance, talk entitled “Ang Doktor at Ang Diabetes”, blood sugar testing, cholesterol and triglyceride screening, foot screening, body composition analyzer, wet sampling, and raffle. World Diabetes Day is annually celebrated to increase awareness on diabetes to the general public. The number of people with diabetes increases each day and thus, it is imperative that prevention is everyone’s concern; activities such as these help in creating awareness in this cause.
By: Cermine Fidel, RN
Photo Credits: Jess Lacandazo, RE Agellon, Reymark Paul de Luna and Vera Tandog