Foot care training
7 June, 2019, 4:55 pm
A GAP that needs attention for most countries in the Pacific is to provide better care for people with diabetes and help them better manage their condition.
This was highlighted by Pacific Community’s (SPC) non-communicable diseases adviser for food security Karen Fukofuka during the closing of the two-week foot care training in Suva yesterday.
She said they have assisted participants from Papua New Guinea and Marshall Islands to attend the training with Diabetes Fiji to enable them to implement foot care initiatives.
“Our program looks at prevention and management of diabetes because many of our people are suffering from diabetes, so at the moment we’re providing funding for the training as it is part of this south-south collaboration,” she said.
Participant Anne Marie Paul from PNG said the training had provided her with the necessary skills to be competent in the tertiary care of diabetes.
“This way we could prevent more amputations from occurring in our country and that is to better address foot care,” she said.
Diabetes Fiji project manager Viliame Qio said foot care training had been extended to other Pacific countries as we share similar challenges regarding diabetes.