On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the Faculty of Health Sciences at Beirut Arab University-Tripoli Branch organized a scientific activity entitled " Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment" which included a symposium, educational leaflets, medical consultation and free tests for blood sugar and HbA1C.
The event was held in partnership with Dialeb, a diabetes awareness non-government organisation, Monla Hospital, Tripoli Vector Lions Club, and the National Volunteer Program of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The event started with the Lebanese Anthem and BAU’s Anthem.
Afterwards, Public Relations Officer Miss Nala Makkouk pointed out that "an alarming number of more than half a million diabetes cases in Lebanon were acknowledged by the International Diabetes Federation in 2017.
Therefore, based on its special alliance with the North community, and serving the Lebanese community as a fundamental component of its mission, BAU found it urgent to provide the necessary awareness in this regard to help reduce the spread of this disease by providing an integrated program of activities on this subject.”
President of the Tripoli Vector Lions Club Mansour Khoury indicated that "this meeting helps us engage in a medical and scientific dialogue on how to prevent and treat diabetes. What is more important are awareness and caution against this silent disease that eventually leads to death and becomes an essential part of the patients’ daily life."
In his speech, BAU Vice President for Tripoli Branch Professor Khaled Baghdadi spoke about the role of the university in establishing cooperation with local bodies to develop the region and contribute to solving its problems. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Rana Husseini, Chairperson of the Health Awareness Committee at the Lions Clubs Association in Zone 351. President of the Dialeb Association Dr. Jacqueline Maalouf spoke about diabetes facts and the significance of awareness to avoid it. The Endocrinologist at Monla Hospital Dr. Karina Souk identified the types of diabetes, its diagnosis, causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention methods.
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences Dr. Rosy Mitri spoke about the nutritional treatment of diabetes, pointing to the factors that increase the incidence of diabetes, and presenting some dietary advice that every diabetic should follow in order to avoid the complications of this chronic disease. The seminar concluded with the Director of the Diabetes Care Program at Monla Hospital Mrs. Elian Saad explaining the guide to diabetes care.