Health teams participated in a training session on diabetes prevention

The diabetes prevention day was organized by the Provincial Diabetes Program of the Ministry of Health of Misiones, in conjunction with the National Diabetes Program. The activity was aimed at health teams that work in the comprehensive care of patients with diabetic foot, doctors, podiatrists, nurses and surgeons.

The objective of this event was to provide care tools for comprehensive foot care, injury and complications prevention, risk foot categorization, and guidelines for timely referral. In order to provide knowledge to help reduce diabetic foot injuries and amputations associated with it.

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The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Public Health, Oscar Alarcón; the coordinator of the National Program for the Prevention and Control of People with Diabetes Mellitus, Dr. Julieta Méndez; the head of the Provincial Diabetes Program Dr. Elizabet Méndez; the Undersecretary of Support and Logistics, Dr. Carlos Báez; the director of Primary Care Dr. Leopoldo Benítez and the director of Disability, Dr. Miriam Benítez.

Misiones is a pioneer in the confirmation of the Diabetic Foot Network in the country, starting its work in 2018, which placed it in the example province at the time of creating the national network, which was launched in 2019 in Tierra Colorada. In this framework, the person in charge of the provincial program, Dr. Elizabet Méndez explained that these conferences have been taking place since 2019 in the province, “Today we have the presence of the national head of the diabetes program, Dr. Julieta Méndez, who was the promoter of these trainings and the diabetic foot network.”.

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Along these lines, he highlighted the importance of this type of conference, “because we are going to be able to reinforce and train the teams in different parts of the province in prevention. What we are really looking for with these conferences is to continue with the training of human resources, so that they can inform and empower patients in the prevention of these ulcers, because we know that 85% can be avoided only with care and knowledge of what the disease is”.

For her part, the national reference, Dr. Julieta Méndez, pointed out that “In the province, a great job is being done in coordination with the central level, mainly in prevention and also diagnosis in turn, that is, we also have to train the health service to carry out the diagnosis in turn to make a adequate treatment and create circuits of care”. This is how the issue of the diabetic foot network of reference and counter-reference arises in order to prevent and control this complication, which has an impact at the socioeconomic level, but also on individuals and families.”, he highlighted.

In addition, he expressed that type 1 diabetes is the most frequent, and it is in which we can act in prevention through hygienic-dietary measures with an adequate, healthy and nutritional plan, together with physical activities. “Although it has a part of heredity, it is also related to how one behaves with healthy habits, that is why we can prevent in a very important way with almost 60%. That is why diabetes education is essential, in this month of diabetes our motto is “Educate to Protect the Future” and hence the importance that people know what the disease is about, how it has to be prevented, how they have to be controlled to prevent complications and what can be done”.

Finally, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Oscar Alarcón stated that “Misiones has a very important characteristic, which is to work in networks. Today we are promoting and not only strengthening the diabetes treatment and prevention network throughout the province, we have several centers that work together with the nation in the prevention and complications of this disease”.

In all this time hospitalizations, lower limb complications and amputations have greatly decreased, which above all this has given patients a better quality of life than in other times and moments could have been amputated. Today the province has been greatly strengthened, having teams in all hospitals and constant monitoring in different places with the Provincial Diabetes Program”, he finished.

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