MELAKA: Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC) is serious in its plan to create awareness of diabetes by working with non-governmental organisations.
To achieve a positive result, the centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 14 Lions Clubs in Melaka recently.
The aim is to strengthen ties between the two organisations.
The agreement with the Lions Club is to bring up diabetes awareness and deliver quality healthcare to the grassroots.
It is in line with Lions’ Club health programmes that focus on diabetes, a growing world epidemic.
Lions Club of Melaka Raya president Bock Thay Choong was there to witness the partnership between MMC and Lions Clubs.
MMC chief executive Stanley Lam said the MOU was in line with the hospital’s community pledge of “Together, Building a Healthier Society” to fight diabetes.
He said this collaboration is a good move to raise diabetes awareness.
In conjunction with the MOU signing, two health talks titled “Diabetes Tips and Diabetic Eye Disease” were given by Dr Sendhil Kumar Somasundaram, Consultant Ophthalmology (Retinal Services) as well as Dr T. Ruben who is consultant for Gastroenterology and Hepatology to educate the public in regards to diabetes and prevention care.
This is the start of many more joint events with the Lions Club to fight diabetes throughout the year where MMC hopes to inculcate the value of collaboration with NGOs continuously.
MMC is one of the private hospitals in Melaka with a Diabetes Centre since 2012 and it was officially launched in 2015.
The centre is set up with the objective to educate the public on the basic knowledge of diabetes, early detection and to reduce the risk of complications.
It also serves as an avenue for our multidisciplinary consultants to refer their patients for diabetes care counselling and health education.
For the convenience of patients, MMC also provides home wound dressing and more than 1,000 of such cases are done at the Diabetes Unit every year.