Health minister Julius Timothy would like to see the reduction in the number of diabetes related amputations decrease by 95 percent within the next two years.
“Within two more years, I would like the incidence of diabetic amputations in Dominica to be reduced by 95 percent. Within this year I have been given the assurance that we can reduce it by 50 percent and within the next year we can achieve our target. I am telling you health care providers you have a challenge on your hands,” the minister remarked.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-day advanced training programme on the care of the diabetic foot. The workshop ended on Tuesday.
Diabetic amputations are life-threatening and may involve life-long dependence upon the help of others, as well as an inability to work. According to health officials, amputations and foot problems in general are among the most costly complications of diabetes.
In developing countries like Dominica, it has been estimated that diabetic foot problems may consume as much as 40 percent of available healthcare resources for diabetes, hence the reason why Government has taken proactive measures aimed at early intervention and prevention.
This action, the Government believes will ultimately lead to improved quality of life with people living with diabetes.
The programme was based on the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Step by Step model consisted of lectures, practical sessions, treatment of people with diabetes, and teaching of educational techniques.