A new centre of excellence in diabetes at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town will open its doors in October, according to hospital CEO Dr Bhavna Patel, who allocated space for the centre. He said it was well known there was a major diabetes problem but Covid had “further

uncovered the poor management of diabetes” as well as “the vulnerability of people living with the disease, especially to infectious diseases”. Data from the Western Cape shows that 43% of Covid hospital admissions are diabetics, and of those who died, 23% had diabetes. The centre was intended to offer state-of-the-art care to patients in the public health system and to “reduce the high prevalence of diabetes complications”.

The initial goal isto reach Western Cape residents and ultimately, the rest of the country and continent.


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