In commemoration of the United Nations World Diabetes Day themed ‘Access to Diabetes Care’, The Sapphires Development Initiative organized an awareness program to enlighten the people of Sagamu community on the impact of Diabetes disease on their health.
The program which held on the 15th November 2021, at the Isale oko market & garage, was organized by 4 lead facilitators of TSDI and 12 volunteers, who are all medical students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, with the sole aim of increasing Access to Diabetes Care in the Sagamu community.
Activities that took place include: Awareness walk by the Volunteers, screening and counselling of patients, distribution of questionnaires to test the people’s knowledge, attitude, and perceptions of the disease. Over 300 people were reached out to during the awareness walk, 42 people were screened for free and people with abnormal blood glucose levels were advised to do regularly check-ups, in their nearest health facilities.
During the free testing and awareness program, patients were also encouraged to adopt self care and lifestyle medications such as, regular exercises, reduced alcohol intake, total abstinence from smoking in order to reduce their susceptibility to the diabetes disease.
Finally, after the screening and counselling session for each patients , they were given fruit packs for refreshments. There was a warm attention and support received from the community residents and plans were discussed to promote sustainability of medical outreaches in the community and its environs.