Diabetes sufferers in 43% of QEH beds

FORTY-THREE per cent of the beds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) are occupied by people suffering with diabetes or diabetes-related diseases.

This was disclosed recently by chief executive officer of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Cally Boyea.

In addition, he said 20 per cent of the adult population of Barbados was living with diabetes, with about 47 per cent of them 60 years and over.

Boyea was speaking just before the official start of the Rotary Club of Barbados’ annual meeting at Hilton Barbados, during which Rotarians presented the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Diabetes Association of Barbados with $ 7 500 each to help with their diabetes awareness and educational programmes.

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