Persons working in health care in Barbados are being called upon to do better to prevent and manage the prevalence of diabetes.
This call has come from Health Minister Donville Innis, who says that health officials are continuing to come to terms with the number of diabetic cases in Barbados which he says stands at approximately 16,000.
The latest risk factor study, carried out in 2007 by the Ministry of Health shows that six per cent of the total population of Barbados is living with diabetes. Barbados also has the highest amputee rate per capita, worldwide, with as many as 250 Barbadians losing a limb to diabetes each year.
He says it is evident that there is much more can be done to tackle the issue, in terms of prevention and better management.
Minister Innis says over the next few weeks he would be meeting with doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the private sector, as well as with the NGO’s involved with diabetes management, to deal with the issue in an aggressive way.