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Importance of World Patient Safety Day for Diabetics

Are you a new mother who is suffering from the following symptoms- high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, low oxygen levels, etc.? There is a possibility that you are suffering from a chronic condition called Diabetes

World Patient Safety Day is an initiative by WHO (World Health Organisation) and other medical institutions to increase the awareness about ensuring the safety of patients worldwide. It is marked every year on 17th September by the lighting up of important monuments in orange color, around the globe.There has been a unified call to all the countries to follow the best practices in order to avoid any kind of harm that could be caused to the patient. A patient should get all the required health services with zero negligence to ensure the best possible treatment. 

This year, WHO wants to increase the awareness about safe childbirth and its importance. This has been done to avoid any kind of negligence by the health care workers or the whole healthcare system that results in harming the health of both the mother and the new born child. 

“Safe maternal and newborn care.” remains the theme for this day by WHO, this year. Millions of children die every year during childbirth by preventable causes. They are even still born or die during labor.  

For women with gestational diabetes, the complications can be even more severe. It could lead to the child developing Type 2 diabetes and being obese in the later stage of his life. A pregnant women may experience the following symptoms if they have gestational diabetes-

  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue, nausea
  • Skin, bladder and vaginal infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Unusual thirst

It is important that you get all the required tests done on time. You will need to take all the necessary measures to get your sugar levels under control. They mainly require dietary and lifestyle changes and medication (if required). They will help you in avoiding complications at the time of delivery and pregnancy. It is also important to follow up with your doctor post delivery and also monitor your sugar levels. It is also important to keep your stress levels under control as it can cause a spike in your sugar levels and affect the health of your unborn child. You should always consult your endocrinologist to avoid complications in the future. 

There is an urgent need to provide the mother and the child with skilled healthcare professionals and a nurturing environment to ensure a safe delivery. The healthcare professionals should also reach the unreached in order to give an equal distribution of healthcare services to the public. 

Being a diabetic, it is important that you are well aware of your symptoms and know the right ways to treat them and bring your sugar levels under control. You should always talk to your endocrinologist or doctor who can suggest the best possible treatment for your condition. 

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the situation becomes even more threatening and calls for immediate action. There has been a shortage of both funds and medical times during this trying time. As the condition is fatal, it requires immediate and effective measures. 

It is equally important that the patients are well aware of the services that are available to them. There is a need to educate and organize them in a manner that they can make the best of these services. Apart from that, well-designed and hygienic patient rooms and adequate medical supplies are also important. Provisions should be made for everyone to get equal access to all these facilities.
The government and the public have been encouraged equally to create a global impact and to take the required collective measures towards this pressing issue. 

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