Insulin, fridges arrive for Puerto Rican diabetes patients
SAN JUAN – With the support of Puerto Ricans abroad, professionals in private practice and other U.S. entities, the chairman of the Puerto Rican Diabetes Association (APD by its Spanish initials), Dr. Luis A. Pérez, received and distributed donated insulin and refrigerators to patients with diabetes.
“The response was immediate and we already received the first shipment of 300 FRÍO Insulin Coolers and some 3,000 insulin vials. These fridges, as with the insulin, are being distributed directly to patients with diabetes, their doctors and their caretakers,” he said.
Of the 3,000 insulin vials received, 1,500 will be distributed by the Pediatric Diabetes Foundation and 1,500 by APD. Insulin is vital for Type 1 diabetes patients because their bodies cannot produce it, as well as some Type 2 diabetes patients who also require it.
“In these times of emergency, APD must become advocate and facilitator for diabetes patients in need of medicine and supplies,” Pérez said.