Today is World diabetes day but ‘screening should be a systematic ongoing process and not merely an isolated one-time effort’

Diabetes Papua New Guinea

While I am happy that at least awareness is being done on this day by certain groups and also they are doing free diabetes testing on this day I think that to make a real impact the country should start thinking of doing awareness; testing, and improving the diabetes services throughout the whole year and not only just on this day.

When making a public health decision on whether or not it is cost affective to screen for a disease public health authorities usually rely on the Wilson’s Criteria.    

This is a criterion which WHO and most health policy makers use as a guide to determine whether or not it is cost beneficial to screen for a disease in the community in order to detect cases early and initiate interventions.  

According to the Wilson’s criteria, screening in an asymptomatic populations is appropriate when seven conditions are met:…

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About Dr. Poyap J Rooney

Dr. Rooney is a medical doctor who has gained both his undergraduate medical degree and more recently his post graduate masters degree in clinical biochemistry at the University of Papua New Guinea.
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