On the 18th of November, 2021, there had been held a Round Table «Why is it important for a patient with diabetes mellitus to be vaccinated at the pandemic COVID-19?» at the Academy. The meeting was held with the participation of academic staff of BelMAPE, representatives of non-governmental charity organization «Children’s Diabetes» and the public association «Belarusian Society of Endocrinologists», who are affiliated members of the International Diabetes Federation.
In 2021, the World Diabetes Day was devoted to the accessibility of the resources and medical care to the patients with diabetes mellitus. The round table meeting was broadcast live on YouTube channel of BelMAPE.
The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Belarusian Society of Endocrinologists, head of the Department of Endocrinologists, Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor Larisa Danilova, who presented the participants of the Round Table, briefly outlined the history of the creation of the organization of patients with diabetes and their families in our country and outlined the main agenda - "Why it is important for a patient with diabetes to be vaccinated at the pandemic COVID-19?" Then, the Round Table was conducted by head of the Project of BelMAPE and the Belarusian Society of Endocrinologists “School of Diabetes” - associate professor of the Department of Endocrinology, Candidate of Medical Sciences, associate professor Alexei Romanovsky.
The history of the Diabetes Day, the trends of the prevalence of diabetes in the world and in the Republic of Belarus according to the World Diabetes Atlas, regularly updated by the International Diabetes Federation, reflecting the exceptionally rapid growth of new cases of this disease in the world, were presented by associate professor of the Department of Endocrinology of BelMAPE and representative of the Belarusian Society of Endocrinologists, Candidate of Medical Sciences, associate professor Viktor Valuevich.
Information on the peculiarities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reasons for the emergence of new strains of the virus, the characteristics of vaccines, the rationale for the benefits of vaccination, especially when it comes to patients with diabetes, was given in the presentation of the head of the Department of Epidemiology and Microbiology of BelMAPE, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Natalya Kolomiyets.
Associate professor of the Department of Endocrinology, Candidate of Medical Sciences, head of the Department of Endocrinology of Healthcare Establishment "10 City Clinical Hospital" of Minsk Galina Korolenko noted that among the severe patients in her department, which has been performing the functions of an infectious disease since the first days of the pandemic, these are those who have not been vaccinated. In her practice, there were exceptionally few cases of diabetic patients who received the vaccine. Moreover, the infection in them, despite long-term diabetes and comorbid diseases, proceeded more easily than in unvaccinated.
Representatives of the non-governmental humanitarian organization "Children's Diabetes" Natalya Yaroshevich and Tatyana Shingareva voiced the appeal of the chairman of the organization Svetlana Zakharova to the participants of the Round Table with words of gratitude for the cooperation and educational activities. Margarita Latushkina, not only as a member of the community's activists, but also as the mother of her son, who had diabetes mellitus at the age of 9 and is now 25 years old, presented her family's experience when it was her son who was vaccinated first and convinced other family members of this.
Secretary of the Belarusian Society of Endocrinologists, associate professor of the Department of Endocrinology of BelMAPE, Candidate of Medical Sciences Irina Burko announced the information of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus on the possibility of vaccinating pregnant and lactating women in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and drew attention to the fact that this is especially important for protecting patients with diabetes.
The round table was held in an atmosphere of an active discussion of the pressing problems of education of patients with diabetes, the availability of medical care in a pandemic, the importance of debunking myths and misconceptions.
The moderator of the Round Table, associate professor A. A. Romanovsky, asked representatives of the non-governmental humanitarian organization "Children's Diabetes" whether there were problems with the access to insulin prescriptions in the context of a pandemic and the re-profiling of many medical institutions, to which he received a response that there were no such problems.
The discussion was attended by all those presented at the Round Table, the main message of the audience of listeners, patients with diabetes mellitus and their families is that it is important to be vaccinated and revaccinated in due time with any vaccine, follow the rules of the anti-epidemic regime, take care of yourself and others.