The provincial government is investing $345,000 in diabetes program funding to improve access and care in Perth-Middlesex, MPP John Wilkinson announced Dec. 1 in a press release.
"The $345,000 in funding for the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance and the Middlesex Hospital Alliance will mean that patients will benefit from the services of new diabetes education and care teams," said Wilkinson, in the press release.
"These teams will ensure that those with diabetes in Perth-Middlesex have the information they need in their communities to prevent diabetes-related complications."
Diabetes education and care teams will encourage those with the disease to take an active role in the day-to-day management of their own health care by having regular medical check-ups and controlling their blood sugar and blood pressure.
The teams will educate patients on how to manage their diets, check their insulin levels and monitor their overall health. Effective chronic disease prevention and management will reduce wait times and lower costs to the health system, the government says.
"The funding is welcomed news," Ken Haworth, vice-president, operations/chief financial officer of the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance, in a press release.
"It will go towards enhancing diabetes education resources for Huron and Perth residents."
The government is investing $15 million for the development of the 69 new diabetes education and care teams across Ontario.
This year's $34-million investment represents an increase of 79 per cent over last year's funding.