Thane, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

Speakers from the medical fraternity stressed the dire need to build capacity in the area of diabetes management at a joint convocation ceremony of the Certificate Courses in Evidence Based Diabetes Management (CCEBDM) and Gestational Diabetes Miletus (CCGDM).

Jointly organised by Jupiter Hospital, Thane and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, a total number of 74 successful candidates, here yesterday, joined an informed cadre of public health practitioners with latest wherewithal in the field of diabetes management.

Vice chancellor of Dr D Y Patil University Sanjay Oak, was the chief guest while Diabetologist Dr H B Chandalia at Jaslok Hospital, was the guest of honour. Dr Sandeep Bhalla, Programme Director, PHFI, gave the details of the programmes undertaken by the PHFI through out the country for the benefit of the doctors and those in the health care sector.

On this occasion, advanced certificate courses in Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease was launched.

In his address Dr Sanjay Oak stressed that there was a need to develop more innovative training and capacity building programmes and courses to address public health challenges, especially diabetes which was leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the entire region. He said, ''The prevalence of diabetes is increasing at an extremely rapid pace in India and Maharashtra is no exception. There is an urgent need to build capacity in the area of diabetes management as Type 2 Diabetes has become a serious health threat with exploding population and changing lifestyle.''

The speakers noted that Chronic diseases disproportionately affect the economically disadvantaged, with 80 per cent of all NCD deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. India is home to over 61 million diabetic patients - an increase from 50.8 million last year. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark as against 87 million earlier estimated. India's diabetes burden is second to China, which has 90 million people with diabetes (2011) that will increase to about 130 million by 2030.

Sighting the study done by Indian Council of Medical Research-INdiaDIABetes (ICMR-INDIAB), speakers pointed out that Maharashtra has 6 million individuals with diabetes and 9.2 million with prediabetes followed by Tamil Nadu (4.8 million with diabetes and 3.9 million with prediabetes), Jharkhand (0.96 million with diabetes and 1.5 million with prediabetes), and Chandigarh (0.12 million with diabetes and 0.13 million with prediabetes). Roughly, Maharashtra has as many people with diabetes as Mumbai's population of 1.2 million during the 2001 census.

In his speech Dr Oak coined a new slogan, on the lines of the recent slogan put out by a party for campaigning,--''Ab ki bar Diabetics ki haar''.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)