An estimated 400,000 people in Pakistan have their feet amputated annually owing to diabetes-related complications.
However, if those with diabetes are educated and 3,000 clinics are established to treat foot problems caused by diabetes, 70 to 80 percent of the population can be saved from incapacity.
During the final session of the three-day diabetes conference conducted in Karachi, experts from both the United States and abroad expressed these opinions.
National Association of Diabetes Educators of Pakistan, The International Diabetes Federation, Diabetic Foot International, and Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology organised the conference.
Dr. Saiful Haq, president of the National Association of Diabetes Educators of Pakistan, stated during the conference that diabetes is not yet regarded as a major health issue in Pakistan, despite the fact that the number of diabetes-related fatalities and disabilities has reached millions.
He stated that the number of diabetics in Pakistan has grown so large that it is no longer able to cure them all, and that only by raising awareness can individuals be rescued from the disease’s repercussions.
Prof. Dr. Zahid Mian, Prof. Abdul Basit, Prof. Zaman Sheikh, as well as experts from France, Italy, Lebanon, and South Africa, addressed the conference.
In addition, three prominent Pakistani health professionals, Professor Ejaz Vohra, Professor Tahir Hussain, and Dr. Fatima Javed, received lifetime achievement awards on this occasion.
During the conference’s closing ceremony, three young doctors and researchers were presented monetary prizes for their study.