Diabetes testing a success

2011-04-19 00:00

THE Shelly Beach Lions’ free diabetes testing clinic was a success at the weekend with the public taking the opportunity to check on their blood sugar levels, according to the club’s public relations officer, Mark Brewitt.

Over 330 tests were conducted on men, women and children.

“About 31 known diabetics came to re-check their blood sugar levels while 11 children and 289 other adults were tested,” said Brewitt.

Forty-one people discovered that their results were outside of the “normal” range for blood sugar levels and were advised by the nurses on hand. One of them one was a six-year-old child.

Said Shelly Lions community services director Clinton Barclay, “I believe it was a very successful clinic and what always makes it worthwhile for me is when we test someone who is not a known diabetic and we get an out-of-range reading, being able to advise them on the steps to take to get further treatment and counselling before it’s too late.

“I must say the six-year-old boy was one of the important ones because he wouldn’t have been aware of it if it wasn’t for our free clinic.”

The KwaZulu Private Ambulance Service assisted the Lions with the blood pressure testing and medical advice, while nursing sister Sarah Whitcombe conducted the blood screening and counselling.

Hibiscus Coast Municipality councillor Ronnie Nair, who was also tested on Saturday, expressed his support for what he called an important free health clinic in the local community.

He said that he would try to find sponsorship for testing equipment for their future clinics.

The Shelly Lions thanked Roche Pharmaceuticals for its ongoing support with sponsorship of lancets and testing strips, Kevin Naidoo and sister Sarah from Shelly Beach Spar Pharmacy, and the paramedics of the KwaZulu Private Ambulance Service for volunteering their time and expertise to help with this successful community project.

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