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Diabetic foot care in focus

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Diabetic foot care in focus

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Public primary health care workers are taking steps to eradicate the now well known label placed on Barbados, as “the amputation capital of the world”.
To this end, 28 health care professionals yesterday gathered at the Ministry of Health to participate in a two-day advanced Step By Step workshop, focusing on early recognition and wound management of diabetic foot complications.
Minister of Health Minister Donville Inniss, in remarks at the opening of the workshop, noted that a year ago, the ministry had taken the critical step to prioritize diabetic foot care with the inauguration of a Diabetes Foot Care Committee.
“This multisectoral working group, chaired by Dr Ingrid Cumberbatch, was mandated to ensure that health care for diabetics is kept to the highest international standards,” he said. “To date, I am pleased to note the work of this committee in the area of data collection and surveillance, health education and training of health care professionals.” (BGIS)