Twenty two Community Health Aides and two Nursing Assistants are receiving training in screening techniques which will help them to identify persons at high risk for diabetic foot ulceration.

This as the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), is hosting a workshop titled ‘Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot complications’

The workshop commenced at eight this morning at Frenches House and participants will also learn about effective strategies that can be employed in their daily duties to help to improve the quality of life for persons with foot problems related to diabetes, in a bid to prevent foot ulcers and subsequent amputations in SVG.

Presentations will be done by Consultant Surgeon at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital Dr. Barry Aussi, Medical Officer also at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital Dr. Erica Jordan and Dr. Tomo Kanda, PAHO Advisor on Chronic Diseases and Mental Health.

Their presentations will be on risk factors that contribute to the development of diabetic foot complications; treatment plans for the prevention and management of diabetic foot complications; and organizational changes that can support risk reduction of diabetic foot complications and amputation prevention.

According to the Ministry of Health, Foot ulceration is a major complication of diabetes and consumes a major portion of the resources allocated for the treatment of diabetes every year here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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