Hyderabad, Apr 11 UNI | 4 months ago

A Three-day National Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Summit aimed at developing an agreed National strategy for the prevention, detection and treatment of DR, a leading cause of avoidable blindness amongst diabetics in India will be held, in the city from tomorrow.

The Summit is supported by Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and hosted by Hyderabad based Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), a constituent unit of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), IIPH Director GVS Murthy said in a press conference here today.

Renowned Ophthalmologists across 12 countries, including India will participate in the summit where Public Health Foundation of India President K Srinath Reddy will deliver his keynote address, he said. The three-day summit will have discussions and workshops that will bring together leaders in Eye Health, Diabetes and health policy in India and Internationally. They will work together to develop ways of increasing Public awareness of the condition, identify priorities for control and detail short and medium term support strategies, Dr Murthy added.

He said 18 per cent of diabetics are suffering from DR Awareness of Dr in India is poor and 1/3rd of diabetics don't know about it. Hence, Dr is expected to be one of the leading public health challenges in India, he added.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)