DATT to train teachers to help children with diabetes

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 04:45

The Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (DATT) will be train­ing teach­ers to as­sist chil­dren with di­a­betes.

The an­nounce­ment was made by pres­i­dent of DATT An­drew Dhanoo when the or­gan­i­sa­tion opened a va­ca­tion camp for young peo­ple with di­a­betes at the Cen­tral In­door Sport­ing Are­na, Ch­agua­nas, yes­ter­day.

Dhanoo said there are close to 200 peo­ple un­der the age of 17 who suf­fer from Type 1 di­a­betes. Dhanoo said DATT re­cent­ly launched its Type 1 Di­a­betes Reg­istry and would soon start a Type 2 reg­istry which would col­lect in­for­ma­tion that in­cludes the names of the schools the youths at­tend.

He said teach­ers are not well trained to han­dle stu­dents when their blood sug­ar lev­els drop.

He said, “What we go­ing to start first of all, in gath­er­ing the in­for­ma­tion where all the chil­dren are, we are go­ing to go to all of those schools and teach teach­ers how to deal with those chil­dren.”

Dhanoo said the or­gan­i­sa­tion al­so planned to fo­cus on groups that would iden­ti­fy the ma­jor prob­lems fac­ing stu­dents and par­ents of the stu­dents with di­a­betes. Dhanoo said the mod­ern ver­sions of in­sulin is not avail­able through the CDAP pro­gramme. He said DATT was al­so look­ing at in­ter­na­tion­al fund­ing to get the new­er ana­logues of in­sulin for chil­dren.

Cham­pi­on of DATT and Lead Ed­i­tor (Broad­cast) of Guardian Me­dia Hema Ramkissoon said her fa­ther was a vic­tim of di­a­betes.

Ramkissoon said, a study in 2010 on di­a­betes stat­ed there were over 400 chil­dren with di­a­betes. She said the num­ber of chil­dren with Type 2 di­a­betes in T&T is grow­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

Ramkissoon said PA­HO has ranked T&T among the top five coun­tries for di­a­betes in the west­ern hemi­sphere. She said ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port net­work and the leg­isla­tive agen­da need­ed to be up­grad­ed to en­sure chil­dren get a fight­ing chance in the war against di­a­betes.

- by Sashtri Boodan