Rainbow Specialist Medical Center works to improve diabetes treatment in Nigeria
Last month, the Rainbow Specialist Medical Center, in conjunction with the Podiatry Institute USA and the World Diabetes Foundation, held the fourth Podiatry and Diabetes Footcare Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria.
Rainbow Specialist Medical Center
Led by the center’s medical director, Dr. Afokoghene Isiavwe, the goal of the event was to raise awareness and raise the standards for diabetes footcare in Nigeria. The workshop highlights included foot screenings in resource poor environments, wound care, diabetes neuropathy testing, post-amputation foot care, and more.
According to the Guardian, Dr. Isiavwe said the training has helped partner health facilities to commence basic diabetes foot care services, and hospitals from primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare have benefitted from the program.
Foot ulcers and neuropathic arthropathy, or charcot joint, are common complications brought on by diabetes, which left untreated could lead to amputation of the infected limb. According to a World Journal of Diabetes report in 2014, a rough estimate of 8-10 percent of people in Nigeria suffer from diabetes, and those requiring insulin will spend about 29 percent of their monthly wage on it.
The authors of the report, Anthonia Okeoghene Ogbera and Chukwuma Ekpebegh, note the country’s improvements over time, but suboptimal patient education remains a core problem. This highlights the need for events like the one from the Rainbow Specialist Medical Center and Dr. Isiavwe.