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Monday, November 14, 2011
Cuba’s Health System Provides Quality Treatment and Training on How to Deal with Diabetes
By Alex López Almaguer / Radio Cadena Agramonte.
As diabetes mellitus rapidly increases, those responsible for diagnosing and treating this illness in Camagüey province believe that the best way to pale down and reverse that situation is promoting healthy life styles.
Dr. Ernesto Juan Abad Rodríguez, who specializes in endocrinology, remarks that in many cases this illness can be prevented since earliest childhood, if we work out to avoid sedentarism and take a balanced diet, free from fat, sugar and carbohydrates.
Moreover patients have to pay special attention to the level of cholesterol, their high blood pressure and the hereditary factor, taking into consideration their predisposition to develop such disease because it can be genetically transmitted by their diabetic relatives, said Abad Rodríguez.
The Centro de Atención y Educación al Diabético (Center for the Treatment and Training of the Diabetic Patient) was founded in this Cuban province in order to strengthen the efforts to ensure an appropriate treatment to those who suffer from this ailment. Highly qualified specialists work in this center, which features a wide range of services.
So far, over one thousand patients have been seen in the above-mentioned facility which seeks to consolidate the identification and following of cases by admitting them in hospitals or providing the sick with an out-patient treatment.
For the treatment of diabetes, there are rooms in this center where both in-patients and out-patients receive multidisciplinary attention.
The hub also renders other services such as endocrinology, ophthalmology, vascular medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, rheumatology, dietetics and clinical laboratory.
There are other rooms where people can find dietetic food, have fun, exercise and research or simply take classes on how to cope with their illness.
The study on persons suffering from diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), and the use of Heberprot-P as a scar cream are among the main achievements in Camagüey province in the following up and evaluation of diabetes mellitus.
This achievement represents a step forward in the vascular medicine and surgery in Camagüey province, now incorporated into the primary health care level; that is, in family doctor offices and outpatient clinics.
According to statistics provided by the Provincial Board of Public Health, over 420 diabetic patients have been treated with Heberprot-P this year in Camagüey, an epidermis growth factor which was only applied in provincial hospitals in past years.
Once this treatment was incorporated into the primary health care level, we not only identify the patients who really need to be treated with this scar cream, but also favor those persons with some kind of disability and the oldest ones, who are now receiving the medical service in the areas of health nearest their home.
Heberprot-P boosts wound healing and because of its regenerative function, in many cases, it prevents amputation of lower limbs in those patients with ischemic ulcers.
Recent studies confirm that Camagüey province with some 40,000 diabetic patients shows a rate higher than the national average.
Prevalence among women of 40 years of age and older are higher, reasons why it is vital to avoid risk factors which propitiate the appearance and development of this illness.(Translated by Gualveris Rosales)
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