A specialist in diabetes and other hormonal disorders, Department of Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Babatope Kolawole, is collaborating with MedEnhanz Resources to reduce the incidence and deaths from diabetic-related emergencies in Nigeria.
MedEnhanz is an online medical information company based in Nigeria, providing a web-based medical information and clinical reference tool for Nigerian medical professionals.
The don has specifically teamed up with the health development firm, as an author on the online platform for continuing professional development (CPD) to raise the awareness of every medical practitioner in Nigeria on the causes, early recognition and treatment of diabetes emergencies.
According to him, diabetes emergencies were life-threatening conditions in people with diabetes, and if not recognised early and managed appropriately, would usually result in death or chronic debility of the individuals involved.
“These avoidable clinical states can usually be grouped into two extremes – hyperglycaemic and hypoglycaemic states. Hyperglycaemic states represent decompensation of diabetes either from failure to produce insulin in people with type 1 diabetes or an inability to properly use insulin in people with type 2 diabetes,” he said.
According to him, “Hospital-based data suggests that, as much as 30-40 per cent of hospitalisations in types 1 and 2 diabetes are due to hyperglycaemic emergencies.
The other life-threatening complication of diabetes, according to him, was hypoglycaemia, which he referred to as low blood sugar, adding that it can occur in anyone with diabetes irrespective of whether the patient was managing the diabetes appropriately,” he added.
Meanwhile, he said MedEnhanz platform would have great impact on the expertise of medical professionals who leverage on the platform.
He said: “Without doubt, the MedEnhanz CPD platform will greatly impact users. The ease and universality of access is important. You can sit back in the comfort of your office or study room and take online courses and assessments. If you are the type that can work on the go, online platforms such as this will be quite suitable for you.
“In addition to CPD courses, the platform also provides up to date information on several medical conditions as well as worldwide breaking news and developments of medical interest,” he added.
Culled from: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-medenhanz-set-to-reduce-diabetes-related-deaths/218615/