Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Men talking to get ‘Amputation capital’ dropped from Barbados’ profile

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Barbados has been called the ‘Amputation capital’ of the world for years due to the rate of amputations conducted and it’s a describer which some are working to see disappear.

Though two years ago, Consultant Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Selwyn Ferdinand, noted that the data did not support the claim that Barbados is the amputation capital of the world, he, however, conceded that the incidence of diabetes-related amputations in the island is too high, and he called on patients to be more involved in understanding the disease and what is involved in the care and management of the disease.

Many of the amputees on island are as a result of non-communicable diseases including diabetes.

Therefore, with education considered as one of the best tools to combat non-communicable diseases and prevent unnecessary loss of limbs by extension, the Maurice Byer Polyclinic’s Men’s Health and Educational Group is putting diabetes on the front burner.

As a step towards bringing about change, ‘Diet and Diabetes – What you need to know’, will be the topic of discussion at the monthly meeting of the Group. The meeting will take place on Monday, October 30, 2017.

The lecture takes place in the waiting room of the Polyclinic, Station Hill, St. Peter at 6:00 p.m., and the featured speaker for the evening’s proceedings will be Nutritionist, Marianne Burnham. 

All men living in the catchment area and surrounding districts are asked to make a special effort to attend.

Additionally, all Men’s Health Group members have been asked to bring contributions for the Salvation Army’s Dominica Hurricane Relief Appeal.