By Oluwaseyi Adeshina & Amarachi Adiele
As more Nigerians grapple with the complication of diabetes foot, arising from the increasing incidence of diabetes in the country, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, in partnership with the World Diabetes Foundation and the Podiatry Institute, USA has announced plans to organise its 4th annual five-day capacity building workshop on diabetes foot care.
A statement by the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Afoke Isiavwe, said the workshop, which holds in Lagos from August 21st to 25th aims at improving management and prevention of diabetes-related foot complications and raising awareness on proper foot care in persons living with diabetes mellitus.
“Diabetic foot complications, though preventable, are a leading cause of admission, amputation and mortality in diabetic patients worldwide.
“For diabetes mellitus foot syndrome, prevention is better than cure. Sadly many persons affected report for treatment too late when not much can be done to help them, except amputation, to save their lives. The workshop is therefore being organised to bring the medical practitioners and other health care workers involved in diabetes management up-to-date, especially in the care of the foot of persons living with diabetes.
“Podiatry, a branch of medicine which deals with the care of the foot, is currently not taught in any Nigerian school of medicine. Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre plans to bridge this gap, in the interim, by providing a hands-on forum for Nigerian healthcare professionals to acquire basic foot care skills,” Dr. Isiavwe said.
With the theme: “Setting The Standard for Diabetes Foot Care In Nigeria,” the workshop is expected to feature resource persons from the USA, and from within Nigeria. “Participants will include a host of medical healthcare providers caring for persons living with diabetes. Participation will be free for partner hospitals.