Medical fraternity must be trained to handle juvenile diabetes: Dr. Archana Sarda

Sweets, cakes, chocolates, and ice-creams are most favoured by children but children with diabetes at KLES Diabetes centre voluntarily say no or skip these sweet items. The determination, discipline, and education of children with diabetes to say no to sweets is an example to all diabetes children, said Dr. Archana Sarda, Director “Udaan”, Aurangabad.

Dr. Archana was speaking after inaugurating 23rd Annual Diabetes Children Camp at KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belagavi. “Udaan” NGO based at Aurangabad has registered the highest number of children with diabetes & is working to improve the quality of life of children with Diabetes. She added we are serving on the principles of compassion, care, love and inclusivity. In Aurangabad, over 1200 children with diabetes are beneficiaries of the “Udaan” program, said Dr. Archana.

The dedicated team of professionals likes; nutritionists, health care workers, and diabetes educators, network-empower parents & children in comprehensive management of diabetes. Medical management of Children with diabetes is a difficult, challenging task as it needs strict monitoring of sugar levels; regular follow-up, daily injecting insulin and diet are part of the children diabetes program. She strongly pitched for free glucometer, strips, and insulins to be provided by policy makers as majority of the children with diabetes come from low socio-economic backgrounds. She also stressed all the Doctors should be trained in managing children with diabetes. She recalled her efforts through “Udaan” in training & empowering parents in management of diabetes. Each child beneficiary in “Udaan” is well aware of the importance of nutrition. She also called on parents to dream big about their children & provide a conducive atmosphere to reach to their optimum capabilities.

Dr. M V Jali, Chief Diabetologist of KLES Hospital, Belagavi recalled the inspiration for initiating children diabetes club came; 23 years ago when a 45 days old baby from Koppal was referred to KLES Hospital for evaluation. The child was ultimately diagnosed as the youngest child with diabetes which was jointly managed by Dr. V D Patil recalled Dr. Jali.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sujata Jali, Child Specialist said over 512 children are part of KLES Diabetes Children Club and all are receiving free insulin and are being regularly investigated free of cost to avoid diabetes related complications. She thanked the International Diabetes Federation for roping and getting 38 lakh rupees worth free insulin to these children.

Dr. V D Patil congratulated Dr. Jali couples for single handedly organizing this event for the past 22 years. He also remarked all the children are healthy, fit and are doing well in their academics. Dr. M Dayananda, Medical Director & Dr. Nitin Gangane, Vice Chancellor, KLE University spoke on the occasion. Dr. Sanjay Kambar proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Tanmaya Metgud was present.

Singing, rangoli, cooking, drawing competitions, games are part of the camp which is attended by over 140 children & their parents.

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