BBC: Pakistan's soaring rates of 'diabetic foot'

5 June, 2018

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Around 150,000 to 200,000 Pakistanis lose a limb due to complications from diabetes every year, according to estimates.

The vast majority of amputations can be prevented through early treatment, but poor healthcare and a lack of awareness means that for many in Pakistan, it's not possible to save the leg.

"It's lack of awareness on the part of patients, lackof access to medical care, not seeking medical advice, ignoring the disease initially", says Dr Bin Younis.

Consultations last an average 2 minutes, which means symptoms are often overlooked


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