Sunway Medical Centre Organises Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes Support Group To Motivate & Learn From Each Other

Sunway Medical Centre Organises Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes Support Group To Motivate & Learn From Each Other

Parents and their children benefitted from fun activities and knowledge sharing

 

There is so much joy in being a parent but at times, it can be challenging – and even more so when parenting children with chronic disease. In realising this, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City is committed to connect, support and encourage children with chronic disease and their parents and equip them with the resources needed to manage their health and quality of life. 

 

 

This resulted in the Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes Support Group organised by the hospital, which saw 22 participants including children with Type 1 diabetes, their parents and siblings coming together to motivate and learn from each other. 

 

While the parents attended a sharing session by two doctors who are Type 1 diabetes patients themselves, which was facilitated by Dr Ch’ng Tong Wooi, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist at Sunway Medical Centre, the children aged between four and 11 were entertained with fun activities including food and insulin injection stations, colouring, games and light exercises organised by Diabetes Nurse Educators, Celestina Chirayil and her team as well as Dietitians Brenda Chong Mei Qi and her team.

According to the National Database on Children and Adolescent with Diabetes, Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of childhood diabetes in Malaysia, accounting for 73% to 77% of all childhood diabetes cases. Dr Ch’ng shared that diabetes leads to serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, vision loss, and problems with wound healing.

 

The children aged between four and 11 were entertained with fun activities including food and insulin injection stations, colouring, games and light exercises.

 

This Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes Support Group is the first of many more to come as Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City looks to organise more of these support groups in the coming year for patients and families in order to support them in their journey.

 

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