Free Diabetes Foot Screening for Lagos Residents

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Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki, Lagos, is a ray of sunshine to those living with diabetes mellitus as they are offering free diabetes foot screening to Lagos residents.

In a statement, the medical director of the hospital, Dr. Afokoghene Isiavwe, said diabetes mellitus foot syndrome is a disease which daily claims limbs and lives of persons living with diabetes mellitus but is preventable with proper medical care.

According to her, the disease’s prevalence increases where diabetes mellitus is poorly managed in addition to poor foot care habits and knowledge.

“Foot ulcers are dangerous in persons living with diabetes, as over 80 percent of diabetes foot amputations are preceded by foot ulcers. This is why a well-cared-for foot in a person living with diabetes is unlikely to be amputated,” she stated.

She said the free screening is available only on Tuesdays throughout this month of August at the hospital’s premises in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos; and urged members of the public to participate in the foot-screening programme, as this could be an opportunity to know their diabetes status, especially considering the fact that half of the people living with diabetes do not know they have it.

Dr. Isiavwe said the hospital was motivated by the challenges that people living with diabetes face in order to access their daily diabetes medications and medical supplies. She added that many people still pay out of their pocket for their medications, and have found themselves in a difficult situation of having to choose between buying their medications or buying food for their families in recent times.

“Obviously, many people living with diabetes are no longer able to control their condition and this will further reduce the statistics to less than 20 per cent of Nigerians living with diabetes that are achieving good blood sugar control, even after diagnosis.

“Early detection through regular foot screening and education on good foot care habits thus remain the best available preventive measure,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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