Photo credit: topnews.comHealth officials on the island will today hold a workshop to address what they say is the growing problem of the diabetic foot in Dominica. This morning’s workshop is targeting Health care workers working at health centres and hospitals, NGOs (Yes We Care Workers) which provides care for the elderly diabetics and the Dominican population through awareness media campaign across the country.Data from the Health information Unit reveals that Diabetes is the third leading cause of both morbidity and mortality in the country.According to reports, the number of amputations due to Diabetes increased from fourteen 14 in 2005 to thirty eight 38 in 2008 and forty one 41 in 2009.Information also revealed that currently 33% of beds occupied by diabetic feet patients on the male surgical ward at Princess Margaret Hospital 50% of beds in certain instances is used for diabetic feet and equal or more beds used for diabetic feet in certain instances than for elective surgery.Currently 14% of beds on the female surgical ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital are used for diabetic feet but up to 45% of beds in certain instances are used for diabetic feet.There is also evidence that equal or more beds are used for diabetic feet in certain instances as that for elective surgery.The Ministry of Health says this has resulted in:Loss of revenue for P.M.H. from elective admissions – especially critical on Dawbiney Ward and an effect on human manpower and hospital resources to care for diabetic feet.This comprehensive and integrated prevention and management program seeks to create the awareness among health care providers, diabetics and their caregivers of the severe complications of Diabetes and the need to standardize the management of Diabetics in regards to foot care.The program seeks to assist in the development of personal skills that will contribute to prevention and early identification of complication in view of reducing disability. It is expected to commence from 8:am. Dominica Vibes News 22 Views no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Diabetic Foot workshop to commence today by: – June 6, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!