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 read more

Upsets by Georgia State, UAB leave NCAA brackets in tatters

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Maybe if everyone’s bracket is busted, no one’s is?It was barely after lunch on the West Coast when Georgia State finished the second big upset of the day — in just the first three games. Between the Panthers upset of Baylor and UAB’s takedown of Iowa State, two No. 3 seeds falling that quickly on the tournament’s first big day left almost every bracket blemished.ESPN says that three games into Thursday, more than 99 percent of the brackets submitted on their website were damaged by the upsets. That leaves only about 87,000 out of 11.6 million still with a perfect bracket or 0.7 percent.Spokesman Josh Krulewitz tweeted that nearly 1 in 6 of ESPN’s brackets — 16 percent — had Iowa State in the Final Four, and 5.1 percent had Baylor there.Just 3.1 percent of Yahoo Sports users picked UAB to win and 5.9 picked Georgia State.last_img read more

North Korea official pleads for Messi visit

first_img“I want to invite him, because our children love him,” Han said during an AFC gathering in the Philippine capital Manila.“When I go to the Pyongyang international school, I ask them who do you think is the best player. They say: “Ah, we love Messi!” Even the girls,” she added.“They read books about Messi and watch his games through the Internet. They can see all the games, China, Europe and everything at our Pyongyang International School. They can watch any football.“They love football, that’s why they know all the players’ names and everything.”Football’s biggest stars frequently make trips to fast-growing Asia, but a visit by Messi, nominated for a fifth world player of the year award, to secretive North Korea would cause a stir.“Lots of students love Messi, because Messi’s a very honest man. He loves children,” said Han.She said the academy is the brainchild of sports-mad supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, who also likes basketball and has previously hosted ex-NBA player Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang.– Musk deer glands –About 200 boys and girls aged nine, 10 and 11 train at the new facility, which opened this year and gathers North Korea’s most promising football talent.“They’re selected from all over the country. Our FA (football association) goes to all the provinces and chooses them,” said Han.“We have a lot of matches at weekends, we see them and choose the best. But if we see they’re not developing, we send them back and choose another one.”Han said it may be five years before North Korea’s senior sides start reaping the benefits of the academy. North Korea’s men reached the 2010 World Cup and they will contest the Asian Cup in January.North Korea are banned from next year’s Women’s World Cup after five players failed drugs tests at the 2011 edition — a result they said came from taking traditional medicine, containing musk deer glands, to treat lightning strikes.But Han is expecting that North Korea’s women, three-time champions of Asia, will burst back on the scene when they are next eligible for the World Cup in 2019.“They’re so good. It’s a great generation. Also the under-17s are very good,” she said.North Korea, without a professional league and with no club teams competing in regional contests, are currently ranked 135th in the world ahead of their Asian Cup opener against Uzbekistan on January 10.Forays onto the big stage include the 1966 World Cup, when they stunned Italy to reach the quarter-finals, and an infamous World Cup qualifier in 2005 against Iran in Pyongyang, which ended in a riot.But North Korea will be buoyed by their feat in reaching the Asian Games final in October, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to cross-border rivals South Korea — with whom they are technically still at war.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANILA, December 2- A top North Korean football official said she wants megastar Lionel Messi to visit a new football academy in the communist state, where the Barcelona wonder is a huge hit with kids.Han Un-Gyong, a member of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) executive committee, said children at the Pyongyang International Football School were avid fans of the Argentine.last_img read more