Mercy Hospital Maternity staff recently held a one day training on gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes mellitus occurs in women in whom diabetes commences or is recognized for the first time during pregnancy. A small proportion of such women may have had occult diabetes before pregnancy.
Dr. Amara explained why he felt the class was needed. "The reason for this topic came as a result of diagnosing a pregnant woman who came with classical symptoms (polyuria, polylepsia and weight loss). I ordered a random sugar to be done which happened to be 12.5mmol/L (higher than normal).
"I asked the charge nurse of the maternity ward the incidence of gestational diabetes at Mercy, and her response was she had never diagnosed one.
"I came to the conclusion that there may be gestational diabetes coming at Mercy but they may be missed. This was an awareness training for staff at the Maternity to pay attention to the cardinal signs of gestational Diabetes."
The training was conducted and facilitated by Dr. Amara and Sister Augusta, hospital matron.
Most of the students enrolled in Child Rescue Centre programs live in and around Bo, where the CRC headquarters and facility is located. However, the CRC now supports students in Freetown, Makeni, Kenema, Fengehun and other places. Recently, CRC staff who manage the Family Care Program traveled to Freetown to conduct home and school visits with the CRC students living with their families there.
Many people have the misconception that the Child Rescue Centre is a place located in Bo, Sierra Leone, where children live. In fact, the residential program of the CRC is the smallest of all CRC programs, making up just 3% of the total number of students who are supported by the CRC. The majority of the CRC students live with their own or foster families, and receive financial and medical support that allows them to enjoy growing up within a family and community, while also providing them with access to education and medical care that would otherwise be out of reach.
A young mother came to Mercy Hospital seeking treatment for one of her six month old twins, who was suffering from diarrhea and vomiting. Her husband had abandoned her when she was five months pregnant with the twins and she was destitute. The sick baby was diagnosed and treated, and both twins met the criteria for enrollment in Mercy's Nutrition Program. The mother was supplied with Bennemix for the babies. "She was speechless to say thanks to our service, instead she burst into tears," Hospital Administrator Jinnah Lahai reported.
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