INTERPLAST OZ AND NZ NURSE EDUCATION TEAM VISIT SOLS

L-R Nurse Daisy Sargeant, Sister Jan Rice , a patient visiting the diabetes clinic, Podiatrist Nikki Frescos and a local nurse. Photo: Courtesy of Australian High Commission office in Honiara

L-R Nurse Daisy Sargeant, Sister Jan Rice , a patient visiting the diabetes clinic, Podiatrist Nikki Frescos and a local nurse. Photo: Courtesy of Australian High Commission office in Honiara

An Interplast Australia and New Zealand Nurse Education team are currently visiting the Solomon Islands.

A statement from the Australian High Commission Office says the team is working at the National Referral Hospital to provide two concurrent training programs, one for local nursing staff and one focused on the diabetic foot clinic.

The statement adds nurses undertaking the diabetic foot clinic training have learnt that every 20 seconds somewhere in the world, a major amputation is performed as a consequence of diabetics.

The Interplast medical teams have been visiting the Solomon Islands since 1984 to provide free surgical intervention programs to relieve people with disability.

To date, one-thousand seven-hundred and ten consultations and one-thousand and ninety-two life-changing procedures have been conducted in the Solomon Islands, and several nurse education programs have taken place.

This Honiara program will be the thirty-fourth Interplast visit to the Solomon Islands.

It has been funded by the Australian Aid program and Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand.

The team’s visit runs from 3rd to 7th March.

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