Handicap International conducts Advanced Foot Care training

Advanced Foot Care Training

Wound and Ostomy Care Specialist Nonnah Pacana demonstrates how to conduct first contact interview with a patient who has to undergo debridement. Photo: Jandell Geral / Handicap International

DAVAO CITY – Sixty-five healthcare professionals from Davao City Health Office completed the Advanced Foot Care Training organized by Handicap International’s Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) Project on October 14-17.

The trainees – composed of doctors, nurses, and other paramedics – received lectures and workshops on how to assess and manage diabetic foot complications. They honed various skills, including debriding, nail cutting, and wound dressing.

Facilitators also used other training methods such as case studies, skills demonstration with actual patients, experience sharing, and written examinations.

After the training, Davao City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte officially named the Foot and Wound Care Clinic Coordinators in each of the city’s districts. The coordinators were tasked to ensure that clinics are functional, well stocked with supplies, and well organized in terms records and reports.

The Foot and Wound Care Clinics are the new service added by the CVD Program to Davao City’s healthcare system; previously the CVD Program institutionalized the Diabetes and Heart Day (every Friday) in the city’s 176 health centers.

The CVD Program is a joint endeavor of local government units, public hospitals, and Handicap International’s CVD Project, which aims to strengthen diabetic foot care services in the public primary healthcare system.

Davao City Health Office is the lead and pioneering implementer of the four-year-old CVD Program, which recently expanded to seven new areas throughout the Davao Region.

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The CVD Project is implemented with financial support from