DYC supports young people living with Diabetes with counselling.

Accra,Diabetes Youth Care (DYC), a support group for young people living with diabetes mellitus in Ghana, over the weekend, held a camp for young ones living with diabetes, at the GNAT Hall in Cape Coast.

The event was to create awareness about diabetes to mark World Diabetes Day, which fell on Tuesday, November 14, and to give psychological counseling to young ones who have been diagnosed with diabetes and also to their families.

About 200 people living with diabetes and their families were present at the programme, which was dubbed Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body.

According to Dr. Marc Dzradosi, the Board Chairman of DYC, the programme was also to offer counseling to young ones and their families about how to manage diabetes and live to their fullest potential.

He said children at this stage need empathy so that they will be encouraged to take their daily injections of insulin, adding that, personnel supporting these young ones must also endeavor to assist and update their knowledge in diabetes care to help provide the best support for them.

The two-day programme saw young people living with Diabetes from Accra, Ashanti, Volta, Western and the Central Regions, being taken through dental health and etiquette and how to live a healthy lifestyle, as well as group counselling sessions led by clinical psychologists.

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition where there are problems with a hormone (chemical substance) called insulin in the body. This insulin is produced by an organ in the body called the pancreas and is responsible for the transport of glucose from the blood into the cells of the body to produce energy. Any defect in the production of insulin results in abnormally high levels of blood glucose (sugar) resulting in Diabetes Mellitus.

Dr. Nana Ama Barnes, the Executive Director of DYC in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said she is optimistic to have a support network in every region and hopes that mental health will be addressed in people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, as less than 1 per cent of people living with diabetes and their families get access to counselling services.

She admonished that persons with diabetes should not be limited in achieving their set goals, adding that, they only need to take their insulin shots and inculcate a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly.

The DYC, a non-governmental organization strives to support the youth living with diabetes in Ghana, under the age of 30 years, and create peer and parental support groups to complement the efforts of the medical personnel.

The organisation has for the past 5 years been organizing monthly support group meetings in 4 regions namely Western, Ashanti, Central and Greater Accra Regions to offer additional educational and peer support for these young ones and their families and is supported by a team of volunteers.

Source: Ghana News Agency