The report “Improve follow-up care for diabetics, doctors urge” (Aug 24) could not have said it better. Diabetes is an illness that requires healthcare professionals to go beyond diagnosis and dispensing medicine.
Pharmacists and dieticians should rise to the challenge by offering their knowledge and long-term care to patients alongside nurses and doctors.
The app referred to in “App with dieticians on call to help users make better food choices” (Aug 24) is an example of how patients and people should utilise nutritional knowledge to make informed decisions on food consumption.
Likewise, pharmacists should put forward their expertise to help diabetic patients manage their medication. The roles of pharmacists in diabetes management are now not defined clearly, and public awareness is lacking.
With Type 2 diabetes, the reason that most patients’ efforts are fruitless is their failure to adhere to medication plans. It is time for pharmacists’ perceived supporting roles to grow into lead characters.