In Bursa, children struggling with diabetes became one heart for their Palestinian peers struggling to survive under bombardment. Blue balloons, the symbol of hope, were released into the sky with the wishes of freedom for Palestinian and Gazan children.
Various programmes were organised on 14 November World Diabetes Day to draw attention to diabetes in Bursa as well as in Turkey. Prof. Dr. Halil Sağlam, Chief Physician of Bursa Uludag University Hospital, together with Prof. Dr. Erdal Eren, Deputy Dean of Bursa Uludag University Faculty of Medicine, met with children struggling with diabetes and their families at the breakfast programme organised by Bursa Type-1 Diabetics Association. Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş and his wife Sevinç Aktaş, as well as Bursa City Council President Şevket Orhan, children struggling with diabetes and their families attended the programme.
"We are ready to provide all kinds of support"
Bursa Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Alinur Aktaş, 14 Kasım Dünya Diyabet Günü’nün kutlu olmasını dilerken, anlamlı günde programı düzenleyen Bursa Tip-1 Diyabetliler Derneği’ne teşekkür etti. İnsanlık var oldukça türlü türlü rahatsızlıkların ortaya çıktığını ifade eden Başkan Alinur Aktaş, gelişen teknolojiyle beraber tıbbın de ilerlemesiyle birlikte birçok kolaylığın insan hayatına sunulabildiğini söyledi.
Bursa Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Erdal Eren emphasised that diabetes is not a disease and stated that the expression of individuals with diabetes would be more accurate. Thanking Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş for his support, Erdal Eren said, "There are great burdens on the families of children with diabetes. A diabetic needs to take insulin at least 4 times a day. He has to check his blood sugar at least 6 times. There are 42 factors affecting blood sugar. Studies have shown that a diabetic struggles 300 times a day in the brain to regulate blood sugar. We have to support them. The best support now is the sensor. Thanks to this sensor, we can reduce this 300 number. The moment when a diabetic mother and father think about their child is endless."
Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Halil Sağlam celebrated World Diabetes Day on 14 November for all diabetics. Stating that they do not see type-1 diabetes as a disease, Sağlam said that children with diabetes can live healthier than people without diabetes with a very good organisation and if their families adjust their sugar well. Explaining that diabetics who regulate their sugar well live 10-15 years longer than normal people, Sağlam stated that it is possible to build a very healthy life without being exposed to any diabetes complications.
Bursa Type-1 Diabetics Association President Yadigar Aydın stated that as an association, they try to support all children diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. Stating that they wish to find a more permanent treatment method for diabetes, Aydın thanked Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş and the participants of the programme for always supporting them.
After the speeches, Erdal Eren and Yadigar Aydın presented a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Aktaş and Yasemin Şavşatlı, Disability Branch Manager, for their support. At the end of the programme, President Aktaş and children with diabetes flew blue balloons, the symbol of hope, into the sky this time with the wish that the children in Palestine and Gaza will regain their freedom.