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Posted on Nov 12, 08:23AM | UNI
Himself a diabetic, Tamil Nadu Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammad Jan likened the awareness on diabetes to that of a well known Tamil proverb.
Inaugurating a 'Diabetes Reach' programme of Dr A Ramachandran Diabetes Hospital here last evening, he said the Tamil proverb 'Ianthil Vilayathathu Iambadil Vilayathu' (what cannot be trained at the age of five is impossible at the age of 50) has its relevance on diabetes too.
"Awareness at the young age can help one from being affected from the disease," he said.
He said 61 million people in India were suffering from diabetes.
"In Tamil Nadu 73 lakh people, including me, are suffering from diabetes. According to estimates an additional 60 lakh people in the state are facing the risk of becoming diabetic," he added.
"So the awareness for preventing of diabetes is vital and is the best way to tackle the problem," he said, and lauded the efforts of the Hospital in involving school children and teachers to create an awareness among the people on the need to prevent diabetes.
Mr Jan also highlighted various health programmes launched the state government in tackling diabetes.
The Diabetes Reach programme, supported by World Diabetes Foundation, was launched by the hospital in association with the Department of School Education.
It was a diabetes prevention programme involving 1000 teachers educating one lakh school children, who in turn would create awareness on diabetes and other lifestyle diseases to one lakh families/three lakh people.
During the function, a recipe book titled "High Fibre Breakfast Foods and Healthy Snacks" compiled by the Diet department of the hospital, was launched by Association of Physicians of India President-elect Dr A Muruganathan.