Saudi students plan to create Guinness Record on World Diabetes Day

The attempt was expected to surpass the current record, which was set in 2015 by Iraq’s community police in Baghdad.

By Author   |   Gulf Correspondent   |   Published: 13th Nov 2017   11:07 pm Updated: 13th Nov 2017   11:29 pm
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​Riyadh: Large number of Indians have been returning with diabetes and other health ailments after spending considerable time in Gulf countries, according to health experts.

Al Abeer Medical Group, a leading healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia, will attempt to create Guinness World Record by forming the world’s largest human mosaic with the collaboration of students of International Indian School Jeddah (IISJ) to mark World Diabetes Day on Tuesday.

The mosaic formed by the gathering of large number of participants will consist of logos of World Diabetes Day, Saudi Vision 2030 and Abeer Medical Group besides World map. Around 4,500 students of IISJ would line up forming rows and columns for the design, said Dr Jemshit Ahmed, vice president for strategic planning of Al Abeer Medical Group at a press conference.

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Al Abeer Medical Group addressing a press conference in Saudi.

The attempt was expected to surpass the current record, which was set in 2015 by Iraq’s community police in Baghdad. Indian Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh would be the chief patron of the event and consul generals of other countries would also attend the event which was being supported to 200 volunteers.

Abeer Medical Group had been treating an average of 20,000 patients in Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries per day and among them 30 per cent were suffering from diabetes, according to Dr Ahmed.

Diabetes leads to visual impairment, kidney failure besides adverse impact over several vital organs of the body, said Dr Ahmed.

He said Saudi Arabia has one of the highest number of diabetic patients in the world. He cited harsh climatic conditions and luxurious life style as prime factors for diabetes in gulf countries. “Increased consumption of sugar-rich and refined food products and lack of awareness are matters of serious concern,” he said. He said younger generation in the region was vulnerable to diabetes due to lack physical activity and obesity.

He said 25 per cent to 30 per cent students were obese in Jeddah, it was likely to increase in coming years. He said addiction to smart phone in children was leading to sedentary lifestyle.