Free diabetes screening planned Area residents of all ages can take advantage of free diabetes screenings at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday during the entire months of July, August and September. Individuals with elevated results will be referred to their medical provider for evaluation and treatment.
The screening is part of a statewide effort organized by Gov. Janklow and the Department of Health to detect undiagnosed diabetes and increase awareness of the disease. Locally, the screening is being sponsored by the Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic at 20 S. Plum Street in Vermillion.
Statewide, health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, organizations, community groups, businesses, and pharmaceutical companies are working together to organize screening clinics at hundreds of sites across the state during the months of July, August and September.
Diabetes kills over 200 South Dakotans every year, and uncontrolled diabetes leads to complications like blindness, amputations, and kidney failure. As many as one-third of the 43,000 South Dakotans who have diabetes don't even know it. Early detection is important because appropriate management of diabetes can significantly reduce the impact of the disease.
For more information, contact Marsha Thompson, RN at 624-2611, ext. 482.