On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, 14th November 2019, Victor Hospital (VH), Malbhat, Margao unveils Goa’s first comprehensive Diabetes Speciality Centre. The centre was inaugurated by Mr. Varun Albuquerque, Director, Dr. Rajesh Javherani, MD Medicine AND Dr. Prithi Araujo, MD Medicine in the presence of the Hospitals Consultants and Staff. The Centre is the State- of- the- Art comprehensive diabetes hub for diabetes and its complications. Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes and other forms of rare diabetes can be treated at this centre by experienced senior doctors specialized in diabetes management. The centre focuses on patient care in a team approach fashion. Patients are first educated and counselled about the disease and then undergo a thorough evaluation which includes routine and specialised blood investigations. Screening of complications of diabetes is most important and is often forgotten which will be VHs Diabetes centres focus.
Common complications relate to damage of organs like eyes, heart, kidneys and the feet. The centre has a dedicated podiatry and orthosis centre which is designed to evaluate patients for diabetes peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. According to the presence of the above complications, the patients are then given customized foot wear to prevent diabetic foot disease and amputations. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in India. The ophthalmology department screens and treats patients for cataract, glaucoma and retinopathy to prevent blindness. The centre also has screening modalities like ECG/Stress test/ Echocardiography to rule out coronary heart diseases and other diabetes related cardiac ailments.
Routine blood investigations and urine examination along with ultrasonography help in detecting diabetes related kidney ailments. Diet plays the most important part in managing blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that diet modification can actually reverse diabetes. The Nutrition specialist helps to design the right diet to help control the blood glucose levels without medications in some recently detected patients with type 2 diabetes.
Digital technology has revolutionised the treatment of diabetes by offering solutions in monitoring of blood glucose levels. Now blood glucose levels can be monitored without finger prick ways. These continuous glucose monitoring systems have revolutionized glucose monitoring. Also, smart insulin pumps have made life better for patients with type 1 diabetes. VH is the pioneer super specialty hospital in Goa with fully equipped super-specialties like Cardiology, Cardiothoracic services, Nephrology and Urology as well as critical care Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology and Radiology. These super specialist departments are well supported by the diabetes centre and vice versa. The theme of World Diabetes Day 2019 is “Family and Diabetes”. This is to create awareness of the impact that a patient with diabetes has on his family, and the role of family in management, prevention and education of this disease. Taking forward this theme, Victor hospital Diabetes Specialty Centre announces a family package where the whole family gets to screen and avail treatment at a minimal cost.