DIABETES MELLITUS: CHALLENGES TO HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN GAZA STRIP
Dr. Hassan Ata Abu Obaid* and Dr. Ashraf Eljedi
Introduction Diabetes mellitus (DM) has reached pandemic proportions worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation estimated the worldwide prevalence of DM at 415 to 642 by 2024. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of DM cases In GS was 27’601, with an incidence rate of 15.4/1000 (MOH, 2014). Diabetes is one of the four priority non-communicable diseases (NCDs) identified by the WHO along with cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart attack and stroke, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease, Diabetes is common, chronic, and costly. Conclusion This review has Explain the diabetes mellitus status in Gaza Strip, Health services provided for diabetic patients in Gaza Strip and provided information about the self-management approach of the people suffering with diabetes in the Gaza Strip and identified the barriers to self-management of diabetes, A self-management as an integral part of diabetes management, Patients with diabetes are at risk of developing devastating diabetes-related complications such as retinopathy, Diabetic Foot and kidney failure. This review will also contribute to providing information on recommended a multifactorial approach emphasizing patient education, culturally and personally Attitude towered adherence to medication, follow up and ongoing monitoring to health services in the community among diabetic patient and support the vulnerable group by different ways finally the Self-management education for people with diabetes is not an option; it is an imperative.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, Diabetic foot, Gaza Strip, Palestine.
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