New Delhi: With 67 million people suffering from diabetes in the country, government is set to roll out a preventive and promotive programme in six districts to spread awareness about the disease.
Around 200 Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Allopathic doctors will be posted in each district to cater to a population of approximately 4000-5000 people giving them education on diabetes prevention and healthy lifestyle measures through schools and village communities.
"We have chosen six districts starting from Darjeeling to Gaya in Bihar, Kheri-UP, Bhilwara-Rajasthan, Krishna-Andhra Pradesh and Sunder Nagar-Gujrat. Around 200 doctors will be posted in each district. They are currently undergoing training and the programme is expected to be launched by the end of this month," Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said at 3rd National Non Communicable Disease Summit organised by CII.
"Our aim and objective is to focus on parameters like how we can convert a pre-diabetic person to a normal state and insulin to non-insulin overall," he said.
Dr Prasad highlighted the fact that India is at risk of becoming the world capital of diabetes by 2025, according to WHO estimates.
Calling for a larger participation from corporates, non-government organisations and drug manufacturers to set up ideal diabetes-free districts, he said that a lot of research is required in the field.
"We want that CII should do something on the ground level. They should adopt some districts or set examples for the government to follow. We have money but our system is such that we are not able to implement," he said.
CII, in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) also released a national white paper on "Synergizing Efforts in Diabetes Care at the Tertiary Level".
CII Member of National Healthcare Council Dr Anupam Sibal said that the increasing obesity in children is one of the main reason behind the disease.
"According to our research initiative conducted on 1000 school children, we found that 23 per cent of them were obese and 17 per cent were hypertensive. Many of these children will grow up and perhaps will have diabetes," he said.