The Barbados Diabetes Foundation should have a new home in a couple of weeks if everything goes according to plan.
This morning, Minister of Health John Boyce, who toured the site at Medical Avenue, Warrens, St. Michael said that the project received a large financial donation from Medicor Foundation Liechtenstein with assistance from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust to construct the Diabetes Centre.
The two story complex will house the diabetes clinics downstairs and the diabetes education programming offices upstairs. To be included in the diabetes clinic is a foot an wound care clinic.
Chairman of the Diabetes Foundation, Dr. Oscar Jordan stated that Medicor which is a medically based foundation situated in the UK gives funds for the development of projects.
“These projects are not restricted to medicine at all throughout the world but they take an interest in the Caribbean in particular and Barbados particularly which works to our advantage,” he said.
Boyce added that the project is expected to be executed with the foundation which would offer an extensive service to the patients with diabetes in Barbados and check-ups with those with hypertension.
“We will work towards a situation where we will address these issues upfront while with the high cost to improve the awareness to reduce the incidence of the end stage of these diseases. This is a programme which we support very strongly and when the building is done as said in August, we look forward to it being done so we can execute the project,” the Minister added.
When asked if his ministry will be doing anything to assist the public with the reduction of the intake of sugary and salty foods Boyce said, such ideas were constantly being promoted however habits are however hard to break in people. (MR)