Thursday, November 23, 2017

‘Over 1,000 amputations yearly’*

Hospital tour: Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh speaks to Hazel Richards, a patient at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, yesterday during a visit to her ward as part of the Operation Walk Maryland media tour. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE


AT least 500 leg amputations are performed in the public health sector every year due to diabetes, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday. Noting this was a startling statistic for a country with a population as small as Trinidad and Tobago’s, Deyalsingh said his ministry’s non-communicable disease (NCD) programme was aiming to reduce this number, and education about a healthy lifestyle was key. 

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