During December, the Caritas medical outreach team continued their work in the three local CBO’s at Mawasi, Shokeh, and Sawarha. The medical team diagnosed 134 new cases of NCD patients and followed up with 187 previous patients.
The new cases were among the people contacted by the local facilitators who arranged for all people over 40 years old and living in those areas to come to the CBO’s for screening.
The medical team visited each area eight times during the month to provide outreach services.
The NCD patients were checked for blood pressure to discover cases of hypertension and measured their sugar levels to identify diabetes.
The patients who met the criteria were admitted to the program and they were followed up by the physicians to control their chronic diseases.
The medical team prescribed the suitable treatment for each patient and handed the patients in need a compact blood sugar measurement device with instructions on how to use it.
In addition to the medical services, Caritas provided nutrition awareness sessions to all the NCD patients. The sessions were conducted by a professional nutritionist who visited each area four times during December. The nutritionist conducted a total of eight sessions for 123 NCD patients.
The nutritionist used a simplified language for the patients focusing on:
- Definition and types of Diabetes and Hypertension.
- How to manage the use of certain medicines (Insulin) in-take for diabetic patients.
- The importance of periodic checks of blood pressure and blood sugar levels, especially for people over 40 years old.
- The common symptoms of Diabetes and Hypertension. (the nutritionist noted out that in many cases hypertension has no visible or clear symptoms)
- Diabetes type II.
- Common misconceptions concerning diabetes and hypertension and nutritional tips to avoid those chronic diseases.
- Complications of Diabetes and Hypertension.
- How to deal with hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and their symptoms and causes.
- Suitable Diabetes diets.
- Causes and treatment of hypertension through a healthy diet.
- The importance of decreasing Sodium in-take (salt) and increase Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium in-takes.