KIDS to train 8000 workers to senisitise people on dibetes-Kanungo
Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities (KIDS), the only multi disciplinary Diabetes hospital in the country, today announced to train eight thousand trained workers to sensitise the rural people about diabetes, its cause, consequences and the steps to control it.
KIDS CMD Alok Kanungo said KIDS, along with Cuttack Diabetes Research Foundation (CDRF), was trying to cover 15 of the 30 districts of the state in the first phase.
Addressing a function organsied jointly by KIDS and CDRF to obsere the World Diabetes day here today, Dr Kanungo said the training to 8000 boys and girls would be imparted within a year.
The trained personnel would move in the rural areas to create awareness about the killer disease and how to prevent it, he said.
Dr Kanungo said this was needed as Diabetes has already taken an epidemic form the world over. In India the number of identifed Diabtic patients had already reached 63 million.
In Odisha according to a study as many as 40 lakh people had been affected by the disease but the actual number was much more than these known facts.
As per the study as many 15.6 per cent of people in urban areas, 5.6 per cent in rural areas and 10 per cent in industrial belt of the state suffer from diabetes.
A study conducted by KIDS covering 20,000 patients in last four years found that as many as 50 per cent of the total Diabetic patients develop nerve damages, 30 to 40 per cent develop severe kidney problems and a one fourth of Diabetes has to be hospitalised for cardiac problem.
He said only mass awareness could prevent the disease.
This year's World Diabetic Day was observed with the them 'Protect the future' focussing on educating the young to prevent the disease.
Dr Kanungo said so far no effort was made by the government to assess the number of Diabetic patients in the state and urged the state government to initiate steps for it.
He said without knowing the number of patients no plan could be chalked out.
He said unless urgent steps were taken to sensisitise the people about it, the disease could not be controlled.
Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout said incidence of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, cardiac arrest and cancer were rising due to industrialisation, urbanisation, environment pollution and change in the life style of the people.
Dr Rout admitted that no major steps had yet been taken by the government in this regard.
He said recently the state government had identified five districts--Bolangir, Koraput, Nuapara, Nawarangpur and Malkangiri to create aareness about the non communicable diseases, their cause and to provide medicine to the patients.