Diabetes centres for all govt clinics

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry plans to set up diabetes centres at all government health clinics nationwide to treat and counsel patients. 

Health Deputy Director-General Datuk Dr Shafie Ooyub said at present the facility was only available at several clinics and district hospitals. 

There are 855 government health clinics nationwide, he said. 

Dr Shafie said the centres would initially be set up at clinics with high prevalence of diabetic cases. 

“There is a need for such a facility to improve treatment for the disease which has the most number of sufferers in this country,” he said after opening a public forum held in conjunction with Diabetes Awareness Week here yesterday. 

He said it was hoped the centre, to be manned by a medical assistant, would improve compliance among diabetic patients in taking proper medication and diet. – Bernama 

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