Suri Seri Begawan Hospital’s Teraja programme records success

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SURI Seri Begawan Hospital's (SSBH) outreach programme for diabetes patients has recorded a slow but gradual success in achieving blood glucose level of seven per cent and below among its participants.

Seven out of the 30 participants completing the Teraja programme’s sixth cycle last November recorded levels of seven per cent and below, measured through HbA1c – which gives an overall picture of average blood sugar levels over a period of weeks and months.

The figure of seven is an improvement from the previous batch where only four of the 18 participants achieved the target, said SSBH nursing officer Sadiah Hj Mohadi.

“It is a good steady (improvement) and it creates positive momentum for the programme which we must continue into the next batch,” said Sadiah on the sidelines of a diabetes road show at Sentral Shopping Centre (KBSentral) yesterday.

The programme’s current format consists of monthly day-long meetings at SSBH’s Learning and Development Centre, where participants – mostly patients from the hospital – present, discuss and are taught by a panel of experts on social, spiritual, mental and physical elements in managing and controlling diabetes.

“Currently we have doctors, pharmacists, religious and motivational speakers so we can cover all our bases when it comes to helping our participants realise their goals... We know lowering your blood sugar isn’t just a matter of taking pills,” said Sadiah.

The nursing officer said that behaviour modification in particular, requires participants to be “empowered psychologically” before being able to adopt long-term changes to their routine.

“Many of the changes needed for patients to lower blood sugar requires changes to daily routine, like more physical activity and better dietary choices. To make these stick is beyond just the doctor’s scope, which is why we focus on empowering these patients to take consistent action to improve their lives,” she said.

Sadiah added that the Teraja programme may be modified from its standard duration of 10 months into two separate phases of six and four months for the seventh cycle.

She explained that the latter phase will be an “intensive” course for those still unable to achieve their target of seven per cent.

Diabetes was the third leading cause of death in the sultanate in 2013, accounting for 9.4 per cent of total deaths, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Bruneians are particularly at risk as 33.4 per cent of the population, according to a survey conducted between 2009-2011, were either overweight or obese – the main risk factor in causing type 2 diabetes according to existing research.

Members of the public can continue to drop by the diabetes road show today at KBSentral’s atrium on the ground floor until 5.30pm, where they can have their blood sugar levels tested and receive consultation from health professionals.

The Brunei Times