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India is at risk of becoming diabetes capital of the world

The White Paper on Diabetes recommends technology driven tools- tele-medicine mhealth for management of diabetes especially to cater rural population

Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services(DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India is at risk of becoming the diabetes capital of the world by 2025. He said that rapid globalization and lack of precautionary measures is the leading cause of diabetes in the country.

“Education and preventive screening would be key to avoid the burden of diabetes”, said Dr. Prasad while addressing the 3rd Non-Communicable Disease(NCD) summit in New Delhi. He stressed on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and its impact on diabetes. “Our focus should be to avoid becoming the diabetes capital of the world,”Dr Prasad said.

In light of the growing incidence of diabetes, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) released a National White Paper on “Synergizing Efforts in Diabetes Care at the Tertiary Level” at the 3rd edition of the National NCD Summit today. Dr. Jagdish Prasad released the white paper. NCD Summit 2015, aimed at creating a national level platform to strengthen public health strategies for comprehensive diabetes management specifically at Tertiary level.

Edgard Olaizola Story, Managing Director of Lilly India said, “Lilly has been working to meet the needs of people with diabetes beyond medicines. We realized that increase in the cases of diabetes in the country has led to a growing burden on tertiary-level care hospitals, hence there was an urgent need for initiating a dialogue with stakeholders to strengthen the policies and practices around diabetes management in these facilities.”

Dr. Anupam Sibal, Member, CII National Healthcare Council and Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “ The aim of the summit is to strengthen and synergize the efforts of diabetes care at the tertiary level. Technology plays an important role in dealing with the burden of diabetes.”

Along with that, partnerships with different countries like Europe and United States would contribute to prevent diabetes. Innovation and thinking out of the box would also be pivotal in meeting the challenge of diabetes.”

The National White Paper 2015 recommends among others Integration of National Programme For Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke(NPCDCS) and various Government schemes such as Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) should be done as this will ensure bilateral screening for diabetes and Tuberculosis.

The Paper also suggested that for effective diabetes management, blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid profile must be monitored regularly and primary healthcare centres should be equipped with glucometers, glucose strips, Trop-T, and ECG machines.

It recommend that paramedics should be trained for screening diabetes and its complications and should also be trained on Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Employing technology driven tools such as tele-medicine and mhealth for screening and management of diabetes, especially to cater rural population.

CII and Lilly had convened the 1st National NCD Summit in 2013 and published a National White Paper to suggest mechanisms for strengthening the NPCDCS program. In 2014, the 2nd National NCD Summit was organized with the objective to shape Diabetes Policies in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). These two national white papers received significant appreciation from policy makers and practitioners.

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