'32,000 personnel to be trained to fight diabetes'

Oct 14, 2011, 08:31 IST | Astha Saxena

Said MoS for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay on the second day of Jagran Pehel's programme on the debilitating disease

Said MoS for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay on the second day of Jagran Pehel's programme on the debilitating disease

In the coming years, the government will train 32,000 health personnel in screening of diabetes and its management.

In the second day of the initiative by Pehel, an NGO of Jagran group, Minister of State (MoS), Health and Family Welfare, Sudip Bandyopadhyay said spreading awareness about gestational diabetes was an important issue.

(From left) Jagran (Pehel) national head Anand Madhab, Bihar Health Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey, MoS, Health, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Editor and CEO of Dainik Jagran Sanjay Gupta and Care India CEO Dr Mohammad Musa, at the national forum on gestational diabetes and its management, at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on Thursday

Speaking on the subject, Dainik Jagran Editor and CEO Sanjay Gupta said, "India has grown in every field.
Sadly, we are lagging behind in the field of healthcare. Changes in lifestyle are badly affecting the health of people. Diabetes is a silent killer and therefore people should be well informed about the fatal disease.
We are so glad to receive such a positive response from all the medical fraternity. We will definitely achieve a positive outcome through these efforts."

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a variance of the disease detected for the first time during pregnancy. It is also defined as carbohydrate intolerance of variable severity with onset or first recognition during pregnancy.

Bitter pill for India
"Overall prevalence of GDM among pregnant women is 39 per cent. There is a phenomenal growth of gestational diabetes in India. Around 32,000 health personnel will be trained in screening of diabetes and its management," said Bandopadhyay.

The minister added that in 2012, another 70 districts will be taken up for diabetes treatment and check-up. Also, in the 12th five-year plan, the programme is supposed to be fully financed by the government.

Crisis in Bihar
"The motive of the initiative is really impressive. People are curious to learn about the disease. In Bihar, three out of 10 people suffer from diabetes.

Nearly 33 lakh people have been treated in various villages and we have collaborated with other big hospitals," said Ashwani Kumar Choubey, minister of health and family welfare, Government of Bihar.

In the panel discussion, one of the important issues highlighted was the screening of the disease and its importance.

"Screening should be done in each and every case. This can be easily accomplished with a glucometer by anyone.

Prevention is the key to eradicating the disease. In Delhi, we have diabetes clinics in most government hospitals, a large number of private hospitals and private practitioners. Even in slums, 10 per cent suffer from it," said Dr AK Walia, minister of health and family welfare, Government of Delhi.

"As age advances, the prevalence of diabetes increases from 15 to 30 years. People who are physically less active become more prone to the disease," said Dr Rishi Shukla, consultant-endocrinologist, Regency Hospital Ltd, Kanpur.

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