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Western Pacific has 37% of world’s diabetes cases

DIABETES cases in the Western Pacific Region represent 37 percent of the total worldwide cases, according to Pacific Chronic Disease Council or PCDC chairman Patrick S. Luces.

The council and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. are hosting a four-day collaborative-learning session for the region’s health officials in Hibiscus Hall at the Fiesta Resort from Monday to Thursday.

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The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Pacific Chronic Disease Council are hosting a four-day, collaborative-learning session for the region’s public-health officials at Fiesta Resort.
Pacific Chronic Disease Council chairman Patrick S. Luces delivers his remarks.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“We have some of the worst numbers for diabetes and chronic diseases — it is everyone’s responsibility to address non-communicable diseases and the people’s lifestyle,” said Luces who is program coordinator of the Department of Public Health and Social Services on Guam.

Gwendolyn M. Hosey, director of the National Association of Chronic Disease and PCDC consultant, said their collaborative-learning sessions are for the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands: the CNMI, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap,

“People come together every six months, and they showcase the work they are doing in connection with the prevention of non-communicable diseases,” Hosey said in an interview.

The data presented in the ongoing learning session pertained to foot screening for people with diabetes, self-care education, management of blood sugar, and prevention of high blood pressure.

Hosey said they meet twice a year. “Having learning sessions every six months helps us with continuity and helps us track the outcomes and the progress that we are making.”

On the first day of the session, one of the subjects discussed was the Pacific Care Model, a community and health partnership approach to addressing non-communicable diseases or NCDs in the Pacific.

Luces said the goal is to have patient-centered services. These include a registry to track clinically useful and timely information, care reminders, identification/proactive care of patient subgroups, individual patient care planning, evidence-based guidelines for patients, education, referrals and specialist expertise, activation of local public health advocacy, identifying specialty clinics and developing one-stop care.

The Pacific Care Model, Luces said, is “a team approach in which doctors, nurses, health educators and pharmacists are all working together.”

He added, “The beauty of this model is that we will work cohesively. We are not duplicating services, and we are leveraging resources. However, when we lose  staff it will hamper the process. So constant training needs to happen and we need to train more people.”

He said getting the required funding is the main challenge in fully implementing the model.