Diabetes symposium

Focussed on improving health care management for diabetic patients

An important health care symposium focused on the treatment of diabetics is due to be held in the Hibiscus room at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on November 9 and 10.

The event is being sponsored by the Barbados Diabetes Foundation in conjunction with the National Task Force on Education and is geared toward improving the overall health care management for patients with diabetes. It is part of the annual Diabetes Global Village Expo and is entitled: ‘Blood Glucose Control: A comprehensive Approach.’ It is part of the diabetes awareness week of activities and, according to Dr. Oscar Jordan, chairman of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, is a “must attend for those involved in Diabetes care”.

Chairman of the National Diabetes Education Task Force, Dr. Charles Taylor Jr., said: “Provision has been made for medical professionals to gain three Continuing Medical Education credits. Beyond this, we have keenly sought to ensure that the programme for the symposium is extremely comprehensive and we believe that it is well worth the effort for those professionals involved in the treatment of patients living with diabetes to attend this event.”

The symposium is a continuation of the work being done by the foundation on an ongoing basis in fulfillment of its mandate to provide opportunities for continuing professional improvement for health care professionals. It follows on the heels of the recently concluded Step-by-Step programme, which was held in conjunction with the Ministry of Health for primary care workers in the public sector.

The symposium will feature a diverse line up of speakers. The main speaker is consultant diabetologist, Dr. Carol Gayle, who will be presenting on the topic “Oral Agents – Getting the choice right”. Gayle is a consulting physician and clinical lead for diabetes at the Kings College Hospital, one of London’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals.

Other presentations include: “Diet: What You Need To Know”, by Esther Selman; “Exercise: Health and Glycemic Control”, by Dr. Renee Best; “Safe and Effective Use of Insulin”, by Dr. Colette George; “Diabetes Control — Barriers to Adherence”, by Trudy Griffith; and “Hypoglycemia avoidance, recognition and treatment”, by Tracy Bushell.

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