Get ready for a sweet surprise at Pragati Maidan

Even before gates open for the general public, 1,200 people have been screened for diabetes at the health centres here

A few days after the country observed World Diabetes Day, it seems all efforts have not gone in vain. The latest proof was the huge number of people that thronged the Indian International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan for the screening of the disease.

Happy to help: With three such counters at the fair, preliminary tests
are being conducted, after which visitors are advised to go to
government hospitals for further check-ups. Pic/Mid Day

The pavilion of Ministry for Health and Family Welfare witnessed more than 1,200 business visitors coming to the diabetes checking counter for the initial test in the last three days. "We have tested around 1,000 people for diabetes in the last three days. It is an open platform for people to check whether they are suffering from the disease or not. Generally, people procrastinate going just for the tests but in a fair, they don't mind spending five more minutes for diagnosis," said Dr Anuradha Sharma, one of the doctors from Lady Hardinge Medical College in a diabetes centre in the pavilion.

There are three such counters in the pavilion. "We just do the screening, which is basically the first step towards diagnosis of the disease. We then ask people to go for further check-up in local government hospitals," said another doctor.

The doctors, deputed from various government hospitals in the city, are expecting more people to come in the next few days, as fair has not yet been thrown open for the general public. "The fair is open only for business visitors for the first five days, so the crowd is lesser," added Dr Anuradha.

Apart from diabetes, there are centres for eye check-up, male sterilisation and breast cancer. "In the last three days, we have screened around 20- 30 women for breast cancer. Sadly, only five per cent of them knew about self-examination. Here, we counsel them about the disease and handle their queries as well," said Sushma, health educator from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute.

1.5 lakh
Total number of visitors ITPO will allow to enter the IITF in a day

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