More than 45,000 Families Became Destitutes Due to Diabetes of Breadwinner

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 21:30
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By Shahfizal Musa
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KUALA LUMPUR , 5 April 2011 – More than 45,000 families had fallen into poverty when their breadwinners became bedridden due to foot complications brought about by diabetes.

The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dato’ Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the family suffered because the disease had rendered their breadwinners incapable of earning a living.

She was launching the four day Symposium on Foot and Ankle 2011 – Venture Beyond Possibilities at the Medical Faculty UKM here today. The symposium which began yesterday brought together experts from Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom who will give talks and share ideas on the treatment of foot and ankle. The symposium ends on Thursday.

Shahrizat said that when the breadwinner in a family is bedridden, the whole lifestyle of the family changed for the worse. The healthy partner usually the mother in the family has to shoulder the burden of putting food on the table as well as bear the cost of treating her husband.

The two responsibilities she has to shoulder y will put a strain on the family institution and many families have plunged into poverty because of this, she said The government will also have to spend more money in providing medical treatment and provididng assistance to the family.

She said most foot complications begin with unhealthy eating habits. Mothers thus can play their role in nurturing their children with healthy eating habits.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships) Prof Dr Saran Kaur Gill in her welcoming address said that 70 per cent of leg amputation is caused by diabetes,

Most of the leg amputations were brought about by ulcer and wounds on the foot due to the lack of awareness of foot care and the assumption that care should only be taken seriously when there is a cut or a wound.

Prof Dato’ Dr Raymond Azman Ali the Dean of the Medical Faculty, Deputy Deans and medical practitioners nationwide attended the launching ceremony.

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