About 100 teenagers under 18 receive diabetes treatment at HUSM
Last Update: 16/11/2019
KOTA BHARU, Nov 16 -- There are about 100 teenagers under the age of 18 who are currently receiving treatment for diabetes at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) Kubang Kerian today.
HUSM Kubang Kerian’s endocrinologist, Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Izani Wan Mohamed said unhealthy lifestyle, lack of physical activities and high sugar intake were among factors contributing to the increase in diabetes among youth.
“Diabetes is one of the most serious illnesses apart from heart disease and stroke as it involves costly treatment, at between RM150 and RM300 a month, for patients who are taking insulin.
“The cost will increase to RM3,000 if the patient also suffers kidney failure which requires dialysis treatment and it will burden them if they are not government-funded,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters at the World Diabetes Day (WDD) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) meet the Community Day, held in conjunction with USM’s 50th anniversary at the Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Banggu here today.
The event was officiated by Malaysian Diabetes Association Kelantan branch patron Datuk Tengku Salwani Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra, which was also attended by HUSM director Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Sukari Halim, SK Banggu headmistress Zakira Che Mahmud and WDD project head Dr Nani Draman, as well as 500 local residents.
Dr Wan Mohd Izani, who is also Malaysian Diabetes Association Kelantan branch chairman, said it would require cooperation of all parties, not only parents, but also schools, to raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes in order to carry out early detection and to avoid complications as well as to reduce treatment costs.
He said nearly 50 per cent of diabetes sufferers did not show the symptoms but it could be detected, treated and controlled through regular screening and optimising diabetes treatment by using drugs or insulin.
Meanwhile, Dr Nani said the WDD celebration was being held in a school for the first time to bring the community closer.
“Previously it was being implemented at supermarkets around the state but it did not meet the target so by implementing it in school, it is hoped that it can boost the awareness about diabetes and to detect it at the school level,” she said.
Among activities that have been lined up for the WDD day include health exhibition, free health screenings, glucometre calibration and healthy menu cooking competitions.