2022 Session 44: World Diabetes and World Toilet Day

  • Itsekiri NextGen Project: 2022 Session 44 Report
  • Topic: World Diabetes/World toilet day
  • Date: Saturday 19/11/2022 
  • Volunteers Present: 5
  • Total Number of Attendees: 55
  • Timings: 09:00am – 1:00pm
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Resource Person: Peace Patrick


At the 44th session, Itsekiri Nextgen reflected the world Diabetes day which was marked on the 14th of November as well as world toilet day which was marked on the 19th of November.  The session was anchored by a guest facilitator named Peace Patrick.

Session Delivery

At the start of the session, Uwala Tedeye did the opening prayers and a participant raised the Itsekiri anthem for others to sing along.

It was a beautiful recap of the previous session (paper craft), as the participants would want to design different craftwork for Christmas.

Peace Patrick continued with the session by telling the meaning of diabetes, which is a group of diseases as a result of too much sugar in the blood ( high blood glucose).

Diabetes is of two types, which are;

  • Type 1 diabetes is also called Juvenile diabetes. The participants were shocked to know that diabetes is also associated with adolescents. Though this type of diabetes is mostly hereditary i.e. it is mostly passed on from parents to offspring.
  • Type 2 diabetes is also called on-set adult diabetes. It is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). In this condition, it’s either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or it resists insulin. 

The symptoms of diabetes vary from individual. It can be increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision. Sometimes there might be no symptoms.

The participants were surprised to hear that juvenile diabetes cannot be treated, but there is no cause for alarm as it can be managed by maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet and exercise.

Adult-onset diabetes can be treated with anti-diabetics medications alongside proper diet, exercise medication and insulin therapy.

With a pictorial illustration, the facilitator explained how the test for diabetes is being done with a prick on the fingertip with a lancet. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood. The metre will display the blood sugar level on the screen after a few seconds.

Key activities during the session 

World toilet day was also marked. The participants were told to always keep their toilet clean at all times by washing with detergent and antiseptic, to prevent them from contracting toilet disease.

They were also admonished to desist from defecating in the environment so as not to pollute the air.

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