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Rainbow Medical Centre holds 5th Annual Diabetic Foot and Podiatric workshop

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● holds on August 20 – 24

● also introduces diabetes and hypertension series for PHC practitoners

Dr. Isiavwe

Rainbow Specialist  Medical Centre, a private hospital with focus on the management of diabetes and other endocrine and metabolism conditions, has announced plans to host its Annual Diabetes Foot and Podiatry Workshop designed to equip Nigerian doctors, other health workers and people living with diabetes with basic knowledge and skills  on diabetes foot care.

A release signed by Dr. Afoke Isiavwe, the Medical Director of the centre and Coordinator of the Diabetes  Podiatry Initiative Nigeria,  said the workshop, the 5th edition, is being organised to stem the steady increase of diabetes foot, a major complication of diabetes mellitus, in the country.

“The rate of amputation among Nigerians living with diabetes has been reported to be as high as 53.2 per cent of the number of people with foot ulcer in some centres.  This makes diabetes foot the most common cause of non-traumatic amputation in the lower extremities in Nigeria and elsewhere in the  world,” the statement said.

The 2018 edition of the workshop which holds on August 22 -24,  according to the release, will be conducted by international  training faculty from the World Walk Foundation,  Jamaican Chapter.

It will also feature a two-day diabetes and hypertension series for Primary Care Health Practitioners, “the first point of call  for persons living with diabetes.”

“It is important to equip these group of healthcare workers  with necessary skills in these  two common conditions  to detect  initiate correct treatment and also know when to refer patients for further care,” the  release further said.

Dr. Isiavwe also disclosed that people living with diabetes will receive free diabetes foot check during the period at Dover Hotel, Lekki Phase 1,  Lagos.  the workshop venue.

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