The New York-based Carriacou and Petite Martinique Action committee (C-PAC) has again demonstrated its rooted commitment towards ensuring that the people of the sister isles receive as much professional healthcare as possible.
As part of their annual diabetic foot care program, the organization released a seven-member team of medical experts in the field of foot care to the residents here on a two-day program last week Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday scores of diabetic patients with various foot illnesses were attended to at the Princess Royal Hospital and the following day the program was taken to the Resource Center in Hillsborough where training was conducted for locals in the medical field.
Among those who were kept busy attending to the patients and administering the training was team leader, Dr Stephen Wells along with Barbadian Dr Simone McCronnie.
Dr McConnie who has a wealth of experience working with various jurisdictions in the region said that having observed the patients they have been moving to educate them on the best methods to avoid the inconvenience of amputations.
“Early detection of diabetes foot problem can save amputations”, Dr McCronnie pointed out while attending to one of the several patients.
She said that there is a lack of diabetes education among most of the patients they saw and this points to the need for an increase in education on the subject for both the medical practitioners and the patients.
“We can at times support the nurses with some educational programs on the subject. “Education is the key to everything”. “We can prevent amputations with some degree of knowledge”, said Dr McConnie who has over 20 years experience in the field.
Dr Wells, who has been leading the C-PAC team on the program to the island for several years now and has a history with most of the patients, endorsed the comments of Dr McConnie on the need for a higher level of education on the subject.
“We have been discovering some ulcerations, Diabetes and foot problems, which are getting worse, not better”, he pointed out.
He said it’s their desire to emerge with a comprehensive plan to forcefully address the issue before it gets worse. They want to ensure that people suffering from the disease don’t get crippled, disabled and lose their lives from the complications.
Dr Wells is recommending training of doctors and nurses in wound care and the awareness of diabetes as it relates to the foot.
“Some of these problems are chronic, have been there for many years and are not healing
“The people of this country need the best, not necessarily adequate care,” he said.
President of C-PAC, Selwyn Mills, who together with Dr Wells accepted two plaques of appreciation from Matron of the hospital for the organization’s dedicated and loyal service to the institution and the people of the sister isles and country as a whole, said that they were once again pleased to bring the program to the people of the sister isles and country, reminding that the mission of C-PAC is to bring better health care to the residents.
He said that the program was not only about administering care but to also training those in the medical field and persons who are taking care of those with the illness.
Following Thursday’s exercise, the team took the program to St Andrews in the mainland on Friday and ended in St George’s on Saturday in what Mr Mills says was another successful annual venture.