September 8, 2017: Hemas Hospitals Thalawathugoda recently launched ‘Hemas Diabetes Clinic’ – a special clinic to diagnose and treat patients with diabetes and other diabetic-related ailments, as well as raise awareness about the rising non-communicable disease among Sri Lankans.
According to recent statistics from the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka (DASL), diabetic patients are on the rise in Sri Lanka – nearly four million reported cases to date so far. Almost one-fifth of the world’s population with diabetes lives in South-East Asia Region. World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. Demanding job hours, erratic lifestyles and increasing prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity are some of the major factors leading to diabetes. Diabetes causes vary depending on the genetic makeup, family history, ethnicity, health and environmental factors. It mainly affects the eyes, kidneys, nerves, large and small blood vessels and skin.
Hemas Diabetes Clinic will provide a comprehensive, in-house diabetes management program and will aid patients with prevention and treatment options for diabetes. Other diabetes related issues like diabetic retinopathy (the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in adults), kidney failure and so forth will be assessed and treated or the progress of a diabetes related ailment will be slowed down through this program.
The official unveiling of Hemas Diabetes Clinic was graced by Dr. Lakith Peiris, Managing Director of Hemas Hospitals, Consultant Endocrinologists Dr. Chaminda Garusinghe and Dr. Manilka Sumanatilleke, senior officials of Hemas Hospitals’ chain and other distinguished guests.
“Diabetes is a disease that is on the rise among people all over the world and during the last few years, it has become a serious healthcare issue for many Sri Lankans as well. The good news is that with timely treatments and leading a healthy life, many of us could avoid diabetes completely out of our lives. Our newest initiative ‘Hemas Diabetes Clinic is a step taken further to treat patients with diabetes with utmost care and superior facilities, and build awareness among Sri Lankans on the severity of this non-communicable disease,” Dr. Lakith Peiris, Managing Director of Hemas Hospitals expressed his views on launching Hemas Diabetes Clinic for public.
As part of the Diabetes Care Programme, the hospital has also launched three comprehensive diabetes-screening packages at a very competitive rate. The packages are named as Basic Package (Rs. 4,450/-), Intermediate Package (Rs. 7,250/-) and Advanced Package (Rs. 15,900/-). Further, the hospital has introduced a Bio-Thesiometer – an instrument designed to measure the threshold of appreciation of vibration in human subjects – for foot care screening. The hospital also plans to launch initiatives where diabetes tests can be conducted at clinics using mobile units.