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Aug 22, 2013

Diabetes Association receives much needed donation

The Belize Diabetes Association today received twenty thousand dollars in medicine for patients in need of podiatric care.  The donation was given by Harvest Ministry, a Belizean-led religious organization operating out of the United States.  The medication, since the association cannot legally distribute the ointment, will be dispensed through several health centers and medical facilities across Belize City and Dangriga.  News Five spoke with President Anthony Castillo of the Belize Diabetes Association.

 

Anthony Castillo, President, Belize Diabetes Association

“This morning we are very grateful to Harvest Ministry for having donated to us a quantity of medication called Cellerade RX.  This medication is primarily used for diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds and regular ulcers.  As you may be aware, problem with the feet is one of the complications suffered by people living with diabetes.  While we at the association we continue to preach healthy living, healthy choices for healthy living there are some of us, for one reason or the other, who will have complications with the feet.  I think that there are much, too many amputations taking place in this country and it’s all because the lack of education, the lack of care, etc.  So I think that this move will help quite a bit of us who may have ulcer, who have diabetes, have some of the complications, have ulcer.  This medication will help to treat and cure those ulcers.” 

 

Isani Cayetano

Anthony Castillo

“How will these medicines be distributed to people in need of treatment?”

 

Anthony Castillo

“At this time we have partnered with BFLA, NHI at the corners of Mahogany Street and [Central American] Boulevard.  We are also partnering with Cleopatra White Polyclinic and we’ll also be partnering with Southern Regional Hospital.  The administering of the product will be done by the nurses at these facilities.  Persons wishing to get their wounds seen and dressed need to go to the clinic, they’ll have their names on a register and they’ll be seen by a nurses.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Will this be an ongoing thing or is this a one-off donation?”

 

Anthony Castillo

“It’s a one-off donation at this time.  We have quite a bit, to the tune of a little over twenty thousand dollars at this time so we will work until the stock is completed.”

 

Diabetes has been dubbed the silent killer, as hundreds of Belizeans die from the disease annually.

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