Diabetes Foot Care Program gets a boost

Diabetes Foot Care Program gets a boost

first_img Share Rotary Club president Robert Tonge presented the items to permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer.The Ministry of Health’s Diabetes Foot Care Program now has additional instruments to help manage and prevent diabetes, thanks to a donation worth EC$5, 480.00 from the Rotary Club of Dominica.At a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Health’s conference room on Wednesday, 28th August, Rotary Club president Robert Tonge presented the items to permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer.The donation includes; 10 tuning forks, 20 artery forceps, 20 scalpels of various sizes, 20 foot dressers, 21 scissors, 20 nippers (nail cutters) and 20 blades.As Diabetes progresses, the complications associated with the disease increases and so sensitivity of the patient’s feet decreases. Often times the patient is not even aware that they have an affectation in the foot.The donation includes; 10 tuning forks, 20 artery forceps, 20 scalpels of various sizes, 20 foot dressers, 21 scissors, 20 nippers (nail cutters) and 20 blades.“We are very thankful for these instruments because what they do, they help to keep the feet clean, they help to increase the sensitivity of the feet and so the risk of getting the Diabetic foot is decreased and so we are very pleased,” Dr Charlotte Jeremy of the Primary Health Care Department said.Rotary Club president, Robert Tonge, noted that the Club is “really proud” to make the donation and assist in Diabetes care and prevention on the island.“We look forward to working closely with the government, the Ministry of Health, to see how we can further take this, as the Prime Minister would say, to the next level to help reduce the amputees that has been happening and I hope the equipment is used in the best possible way,” Mr Tonge said. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer thanked the Club for the donation and noted that Diabetes has been an issue that the Ministry has been working very hard to combat.Rotary Club members with Ministry of Health officials“We are very elated that we are getting this equipment that will help us in the prevention of persons getting more complications,” she said. The instruments will also be linked to the Chronic Foot Care Program, according to the health promotion coordinator, Anthelia James. It uses the Chronic Care Model (CCM) which is an organizational approach to caring for people with chronic disease in a primary care setting.Dominica is piloting the CCM in six of its seven health districts namely St Joseph, Marigot, Castle Bruce, Grand Bay, La Plaine and Portsmouth. Five of these health districts concentrate on diabetes except St Joseph which focuses on hypertension.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 33 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Diabetes Foot Care Program gets a boost by: – August 28, 2013last_img

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