World Diabetes Day observed

SRINAGAR – To ensure awareness among the people about the treatment of Diabetes, World Diabetes Day, Diabetic Foot Clinics have been set up for the first time in the Valley. The clinics were set up by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir. The department organized a Diabetes Health Camp for several diabetic patients, who were provided free counseling, complete investigation package and multi-media education regarding the disease.

Considering the public health importance the disease has assumed, the Directorate of Health Kashmir has launched a number of initiatives this year including starting of Super-specialty Diabetes Clinics for the first time in Primary Health Care Institutions in Kashmir. Currently these clinics are being conducted at the JLNM Hospital Rainawari, District Hospital Handwara, District Hospital Kargil, District Hospital Leh and Government Kashmir Nursing Home.

Facilities for diagnosis, treatment and follow up of patients of Diabetes and its complications are being strengthened at all District and Sub District Hospitals. Diabetes is one of the vital components of the centrally sponsored NCD Programme. This is being run on a pilot basis in three districts of Kashmir. Under this programme till date 221465 people have been screened and 20550 cases suspected for diabetes have been detected and registered for further follow up and for treatment in these three districts. This is significantly higher than the national target of 10 percent.

Awareness programmes are being conducted across the Valley to sensitize health care providers and enable them to recognize and treat diabetes.

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