Diabetes: foot amputations are 85% preventable

KARACHI: Pakistan Working Group on Diabetic Foot (PWGDF) Chairman Prof Abdul Basit on Thursday said that foot amputations are 85 percent preventable through precautionary measures. 
He informed while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. PWGDF General Secretary Dr Zahid Miyan, Dr Zafar Iqbal Abbasi and others were also present on the occasion. 
He said, “PWGDF with the collaboration of Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology was organising a symposium on Diabetic Foot at a local hotel that would start from 22 to 24 August.
The inauguration ceremony of the symposium will be held on August 22. Around 300 health practitioners are expected to participate in the three-day symposium.
Prof Abdul Basit said, “Food complications are among the most serious and costly complications of diabetes.” He said, “115 diabetic foot clinics were established across the country by Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology for foot management and 1,700 such more clinics were needed to be set up in the country and currently there were over 400,000 people with foot ulcers in the country.”
He said that unawareness, shortage of trained health care professionals and scarcity of foot care facilities are a major causes of diabetes related leg amputations, 45-89% of which are preventable through timely and efficient foot care.  He informed that PWGDF had been conducting countrywide training programs of young doctors. 
Dr Zahid Miyan said, “The objective of organising the Diabetic Foot symposium is to discuss the current practices in diabetic foot management, to provide hands-on skills to the participants and to share the value experiences. The training will encompass wide horizon of diabetic foot problems including prevention and early diagnosis, clinical & surgical management and recent advances in targeted therapies for diabetic.”
Dr Zafar Iqbal Abbasi said, “A symposium is a major scientific event on diabetic foot care and event would be a great learning opportunity for doctors, family physicians and health care professionals.” 

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