Experts call for policies on Diabetes foot disease.
At the third annual capacity building workshop on Diabetes Foot Care in Lagos recently, Experts from the World Diabetes Foundation,
Diabetes Association of Nigeria, Podiatry Institute, USA, and Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lagos, have called for a national policy against diabetic foot disease in the country, saying that Diabetes foot disease was a leading cause of deaths among diabetics in Nigeria, hence the need to tackle it head on if the country must reduce the current mortality rate being experienced.The President of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria, Dr. Mohammed Alikali, has said that the bills on addressing the rising incidence of the health issue in the country must be facilitated, adding that it does not have to be an executive bill alone. “Associations, health bodies or individuals can champion this bill, so that treatment as well as prevention of the disease can be timely. He said the current policy on health insurance only covers for 14 days treatment, whereas the treatment for diabetes requires at least three month which means diabetes treatment has been schemed out and specific policies are needed to tackle the issues, adding that, among other things, the Federal Government has to look at policies on diabetes beyond the hospital, “health workers, families and patients should be continuously be educated on the need for new ways of preventing and treating the disease.”