12167889_10153729798714347_1517366921_nDiabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Most importantly, the disease is known as the number one killer in Belize. In an effort to bring awareness to the community about the disease and its causes the Rotaract Club of Orange Walk held a Diabetes fair on Saturday 21st of November at the Orange Walk Central Park. Community Service Director, Shanelle Lizarraga, told us why the club holds the event every year.


Shanelle Lizarraga Community Service Director Rotaract Club, Orange Walk


“We currently have approximately fifty thousand Belizeans living with diabetes and so it is a very serious matter, it is a silent killer not many people are aware that they actually have it until probably it is too late and they don’t get tested the way they should so we are the Rotaract Club of Orange Walk want to take a stand against the disease and also bring awareness to the public in general so that was our main objective.”


Reporter


“What all you guys did in this fair?”


Shanelle Lizarraga Community Service Director Rotaract Club, Orange Walk


“Well, we actually had doctors and public community officers out here giving information and we were also testing them of course and giving them some counseling depending on what their results were we were giving snacks to them because afterwards.”


With free testing available, Orange Walkenos took the opportunity to find out if they are diabetes free.


Shanelle Lizarraga Community Service Director Rotaract Club, Orange Walk


“We tested approximately no less than a hundred and fifty people that were there and so it was a really successful event if I may say so.”


Reporter


“Will you guys be doing this as an annual event?”


Shanelle Lizarraga Community Service Director Rotaract Club, Orange Walk


“Well, actually we have been doing it for the past three years and this will be the fourth and this one and yes we do want to continue doing the trend so hopefully if God spears life next we will continue the fight against diabetes.”


The fair saw the participation of medical doctors as well as community health workers. The next project in line for the Rotaract Club is the construction of a children’s playground at the Northern Regional Hospital.

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