Diabetic patients dominate hospital occupancy

Hospital Medical Director Dr. Ruby Blanc has said dealing with diabetics at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is having a negative impact on the operations of the institution.

Dr. Blanc was addressing the official opening of a three-month workshop for the management of diabetic foot in Dominica. She said the PMH has lost revenue as a result of the occupancy of diabetic patients.

“When you look at the society and more specific, at the hospital, there have been 45 prevent of the bed space have been taken up by diabetic patients. This means that the hospital is losing revenue,” she said, adding that all measures need to be put in place to prevent diabetes in Dominica.

Meantime representative from the Pan American Health Organization Shirley Augustine said diabetic foot is the most complicated aspect of diabetes and constitutes a major cost to any health care system.

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3 Comments

  1. Rape is a crime
    March 29, 2013

    BIG poster campaign to show how to avoid diabetes. We are the fattest people in the Caribbean.

  2. June 14, 2011

    DOMDA stands for Dominica Diabetes Association.
    Together with Rotary International DOMDA is trying hard to get better training and care for diabetes foot problems.
    This should reduce the number of beds occupied and lower the number of amputations. Please visit the website at diabetes-dominica.org and support the work of DOMDA (contact details to be found on the website)

  3. Miss Marigot
    June 14, 2011

    Losing money? I thought that is what a hospital is for. On the other hand, maybe the citizens need more education to learn how to prevent and control

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