A retrospective prevalence study on amputations in Barbados, involving the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is coming.
In making the announcement this morning at his ministry, Minister of Health Donville Inniss said the Diabetic Foot Research and Intervention Group, was currently laying the groundwork for the study.
Inniss, who was addressing his ministry’s Step By Step Advanced Course on Improving Foot Care, said the group, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Nigel Unwin, drew on technical expertise from the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the University of the West Indies. He said it had been working diligently to support the research agenda of his ministry.
The minister reminded Barbadians that the Health of the Nation Study and the Barbados National Registry for Non-Communicable Disease was still ongoing, and they should give consent to participate. He said the study was “most useful” in determining risk factors for the development of chronic disease in Barbados.
“Only through evidence-based population information will the Ministry of Health be able to plan for the future of all our citizens,” said Inniss.
He noted that training programmes with respect to chronic disease management by health care professionals, would continue to be aggressively pursued.
The minister of health stated that the Step By Step Programme was testimony to the support given by the Ministry of Health to the enhancement of skills and competencies required by primary health care professionals with the 21st century.
“I expect that your skills honed, will redound to the improvement of primary health care delivery within our polyclinics and district hospitals,” he asserted.
He urged private medical providers to use practical and hands-on sessions similar to Step By Step, to enhance their continuing medical education.
“The Step By Step Programme will go a long way towards providing preventive training for health care professionals and I commend the organisers for their oversight and efforts in making this important training a reality,” concluded Inniss. (EJ)