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The College of Medicine holds a scientific awareness symposium on the occasion of World Diabetes Day

The College of Medicine holds a scientific awareness symposium on the occasion of World Diabetes Day

Under the patronage of Professor Dr. Imran Jamal Hassan, President of the University of Kirkuk, and under the supervision of Assistant Professor Dr. Fakhr al-Din Najm Nasser, Dean of the College of Medicine, and in the presence of the Assistant President of the University for Scientific Affairs, Professor Dr. Ahmed Abd Ibrahim al-Obaidi, the deans of the faculties of nursing, science, and dentistry, teaching staff, and students of the college, the College of Medicine/ The Internal Medicine department, in cooperation with other department in in the college, organized on Thursday, 11/23/2023, a scientific and awareness-raising symposium on the occasion of World Diabetes Day and under the theme “Together for Diabetes Care.”

The symposium organizer, the assistant professor Dr. Samar Saad Abdel Hussein from the Internal Medicine department, indicated that World Diabetes Day is a day to raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes. Many countries around the world celebrate it on November 14 of each year. The date was set by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Frederick G. Banting, the discoverer of insulin in 1921, the substance necessary for the survival of many diabetics. She also stressed the need to hold awareness seminars on diabetes in order to raise awareness and health education against diabetes. It is worth noting the participation of the Kirkuk College of Medicine, for the 13 year in a row, in commemorating this occasion every year.

Every year the college students participate in an awareness campaign in schools and health institutions to introduce the types of diabetes, its causes and types, and the most important symptoms of the disease, along with instructions on a healthy lifestyle to reduce the rate of the disease and its complications. In addition, the college academic staffs from various specializations participated in the symposium by giving lectures to introduce the disease, ways to prevent it, its types, medical advice on the types of food suitable for diabetics, and the importance of early diagnosis and dealing with complications using scientific methods.

Finally, many recommendations were outlined to continue the awareness campaigns in which college students participate as part of the training part to serve the community, in collaborating with health institutions. The recommendations also include raising the level of primary centers, activating the referral system, and starting to establish a specialized center for diabetes in the governorate, in cooperation with other ministries, with the aim of improving the services provided to the people of the governorate.