Social Media Platforms have always been a good opportunity for social peer support and for children living with diabetes it will prove much more.
Twitter chats centered around #diabetes has been around for years but sadly the NGdoc chat has always been frequently interfered by internet business marketers selling cure and even health care providers that seem to provide text based preferences rather than allowing the narratives of people living with diabetes prevail as a potent source of peer support to help, guide and even vent out the frustration of living with diabetes.
Above all is the misinformation and mixing up of the various types of diabetes under the broad umbrella of diabetes.
This we agree can be frustrating, and might add to the social stigma already faced by people living with diabetes. Turning major stakeholders in the running of diabetes into stalkers in their own program.
This has accounted for the on and off of the NGdoc Chat which has always been dear to our heart at The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community.
However, The Diabetes Youth Care of Ghana has demonstrated a good use of WhatsApp as a great tool to counteract all these challenges and build a network of diabetes warriors. I have been an invited guest in one of their hot seats and it was an awesome hangout.
This was why when one of our members suggested the use of WhatsApp chat for such interaction we were more than pleased to utilize our existing WhatsApp group for this purpose.
Our first guest on the 16th of Feb, 2019 is Yaa Bimpe from Ghana. She is a nurse and has been living with diabetes. An inspiration to many and a well respected diabetes advocate.
If you are a child living with type 1 diabetes and you have questions regarding living with diabetes, be rest assured that you are not alone.
Please do join the New NGdoc WhatsApp group discussion anchored by Ms Deborah Bunmi and Omolade Onafowokan and be a part this great chat.
You can also contact Ms Deborah on her handle