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Foot Care Nurses Urged

Colonial War Memorial Hospital Diabetic Centre medical officer, Dr Rajeshwar Sharma is urging foot care nurses to be more proactive when providing awareness on diabetes. “Earlier this year in February
20 Jun 2015 11:19
Foot Care Nurses Urged
Third from left: Nadi Hospital Diabetic Clinic staff nurse Shwita Shankar, (eighth from right) Colonial War Memorial Hospital Diabetic Centre Medical officer Dr Rajeshwar Sharma and Sub-Divisional Medical Officer West Dr Josaia Tiko with other medical specialists during the Diabetes oep day at the Nadi hsopital grounds this week. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Colonial War Memorial Hospital Diabetic Centre medical officer, Dr Rajeshwar Sharma is urging foot care nurses to be more proactive when providing awareness on diabetes.

“Earlier this year in February I trained 12 nurses for two weeks and gave them a project each. Each nurse was asked to organise an open day,” Dr Sharma said.

He made the comments when he officiated at the Diabetes Open Day at Nadi Hospital on Wednesday – organised by the foot care nurses at the hospital.

“The training is part of the four-year foot care project which includes five strategies which are to provide a two-week training for foot care nurses, training of doctors, addressing diabetic peer groups, young diabetic patients and surgeons.

“This is a collaborative project for Diabetes Fiji and the Ministry of Health. It is sponsored by International Diabetes Federation Fiji.

“The issue about diabetic foot care is that we have a lot of amputations in Fiji. We have about two amputations per day and the whole idea is to prevent amputations and diabetes.”

Dr Sharma wrote the foot care manual that was launched by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar, in April.

“The emphasis is to get many diabetics and teach them about foot care and control of their diabetes. Last year we had this programme in the Central Division and this time it’s in the West.”

Nadi Hospital Diabetic Clinic staff nurse Shwita Shankar commended the training because it helped her organise the Open Day.

“I attended the training at the Lautoka Hospital in February and the theme was ‘Look After Your Feet As If They Were Your Face.’ It was beneficial since I look after 1800 patients,” Ms Shankar said.

Dr Sharma said a Diabetes Open Day would be held in the Northern Division next year.

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