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Diabetes & Eye Screening cum Awareness Program organized in Geeta Mandir, Dhulikhel to mark 22nd Anniversary of Dhulikhel Hospital

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Community camps for screening pre-diabetes and diabetes among the general people is the crucial first step to begin Continuum of Care approach for diabetes patients. The Continuum of Care approach consists of early detection of diabetes, linking patients with tertiary health care provider, continuous management of diabetes and regular follow up. World Diabetes Foundation and Dhulikhel Hospital are working together to adopt this approach.

Accordingly, Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital organized "Diabetes & eye screening & awareness program" at Geeta Mandir, Dhulikhel on the special occasion of "22nd Anniversary of Dhulikhel Hospital" on 8th December 2018. There were 136 participants in the screening program and more than 80 participants in the awareness program. The whole day program was dedicated to the elderly population visiting Geeta Mandir every Saturday.

It was a joint effort of Department of Nursing, Department of Community Programs, Department of Opthalmology and Administration department of Dhulikhel Hospital to organize this program. Ms. Pushpanjali Shakya led diabetes screening & awareness whereas Dr. Puja Shrestha led eye screening & its awareness program. A highly motivated team of the volunteers comprising of nursing staff, Bachelor of Nursing in Sciences students and Opthalmology group along with enthusiastic members of Geeta mandir successfully delivered the program. Dhulikhel Hospital attempted piloting of "Diabetes registry" using tablets to collect and compile information for the first time in the community under World Diabetes Foundation project titled “Nurse-led continuum of care approach for addressing diabetes in Nepal”. Mr. Prabin Raj Shakya led the registry system in close collaboration with Michelle Lam from University of Washington.

Dhulikhel Hospital, thus celebrated its annual day by providing free diabetes and eye screening and awareness program in Dhulikhel.

 

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