IT is good to learn that all public hospitals will be required to form a wound care team to reduce the risk of diabetic patients losing their limbs due to infections and gangrene.
Fifty-five public hospitals have set up wound care teams, with 75 more expected to do so by January next year.
The Health Ministry should be lauded for taking this positive move which enhances healthcare in the country, especially in wound care and amputation prevention among diabetic patients.
About 25 per cent of diabetic patients develop foot-related complications and between five and 10 per cent of them risk amputation.
The World Health Organisation estimates that one foot is amputated every 30 seconds. An alarming 85 per cent of all amputations are preventable with proper care.
My sister is a diabetic and public hospital doctors had recommended that her foot be amputated. However, we took her to a private doctor, who saved her foot with the proper treatment.
The ministry must be credited with organising training workshops to upgrade the skills of those involved in wound care with the aim of providing a better quality of life for diabetic patients.
C. Sathasivam Sitheravellu, Seremban, Negri Sembilan