Health monitoring scheme helps thousands of diabetics

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am

More than 9,000 diabetics are getting help in monitoring their health under a Hospital Authority programme.

The Chronic Disease Management Project assesses patients' results after they visit their doctor, showing how likely they are to be affected by complications such as heart disease, kidney failure or strokes. Blood and urine tests, foot neurology examinations, retinal photographs and electrocardiograms - targeting problem areas - are provided, and nurses give health-care guidance.

Eleven general outpatient clinics have launched the programme since August, and by February more than 9,000 patients had used its services. By 2012, it is estimated the programme will benefit more than 80,000 patients a year.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the city, with one in 10 people afflicted and more than 150,000 sufferers being treated at general outpatient clinics.

Yip Hoi-cheung, who was in his early fifties when he was diagnosed with diabetes, said he did not know what to do until about a year ago.

'Before, I was not sure the diabetic information on the internet was trustworthy. What kinds of food are bad for me? I didn't know,' says Yip, 62. 'Through the programme, I have learned more about diabetes such as dining guidelines. I know how much sugar there is in a spoon of rice.'