|8 January 2016
The Children’s Annual Diabetes Camp Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was held on the 13th-14th of March 2015 at Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu Kelantan.
The main objective of the camp is to educate and help children and adolescents with diabetes to familiarize with the practical management of diabetes.
There were 22 patients, 14 facilitators and 8 counsellors. Majority of the patients were from Kelantan and a few from Terengganu.
Children and the adolescents were taught on the basic care of diabetes such as self monitoring of capillary blood sugar, recording of blood sugar in a diary, management of high and low blood sugar, sick days management and the effects of exercise.
They had the most memorable part of the camp with the talent time in the evening after dinner in which each group need to come up with a presentation that had a storyline, motto relevant to the practical management of diabetes.
On the second day, we started with morning physical exercise to teach the patients the effects of exercise on their blood sugar pre and post exercise and what to do if they had hypoglycemia.
One of the station provided dietary counseling by introducing the concept of food exchanges emphasizing on the common carbos that would cause high blood sugar.
We believed that this camp has achieved its objectives.
We would like to express our gratitude and sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, staffs and patients for making this event a success.
We hope to continue doing this event on a regular basis in order to help our children and young people with diabetes to cope with their conditions.
Children’s Annual Diabetic Camp
Paediatric Department USM
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