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