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Jamaica leads as poor foot care takes huge toll on Caribbean diabetics

A stunning revelation that the Caribbean region, led by Jamaica, is the amputation capital of the world, due to poor foot care, has been made by a local The University of the West Indies (UWI) professor.

There is one amputation per 1,500 diabetic patients in Jamaica said Dr Dalip Ragoobirsingh, director of The UWI (Mona) Diabetes Education Programme, citing anecdotal but carefully considered information.

“The Caribbean has attained the infamy of being the ‘amputation capital’ of the world, losing more lower limbs amongst our diabetics, due to poor foot care, than any other region of the world,” said Dr Ragoobirsingh who is also UWI professor of medical biochemistry and diabetology.

Regarded as one of the world’s top educators and researchers on diabetes, Dr Ragoobirsingh, said the Jamaican figure of one amputee per 1,500 diabetics was comparable to Barbados and his native Trinidad and Tobago.

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