Awareness camp on Diabetes held at Salungpham
THOUBAL | Oct 10 : A one-day awareness programme on ‘Diabetes and its Prevention and Treatment’ was held on October 10 at Salungpham Kang Yambem, Thoubal district.
The programme was organised by Rural Development Society (RDS), Wangjing under the aegis of World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark.
While stating that nowadays there is increasing rate of people suffering from Diabetes, director of RDS, Leisangthem Damu said that the main objective of the camp was to disseminate knowledge and awareness on the disease, while also providing information on the preventive measures and maintenance of a positive lifestyle to people suffering from diabetes and the common people alike.
He further informed that RDS had also organised similar camps successfully in various areas in the remote interiors of Kakching district. The camp held today was the first to be held at Thoubal district, he said while adding that the society has plans to organise more camps in various parts of the district.
General secretary of Homeopathic Medical Association, Manipur, Dr. Temba who attended the camp as resource person, delivered a session on the topic of diabetes. “It has become one of the fastest spreading diseases in the 21st century and about 5.9 percent of adults all over the world are affected by Type-2 diabetes,” he said.
India can now be considered to be the “Diabetes capital of the world,” the resource person continued stating that according to reports from World Health Organisation (WHO), in the year 2000, there are more than 32 million people suffering from diabetes in India.
Expressing his concern that Manipur had also become one of the states where the prevalence of diabetes needs more extensive research and scrutiny, Dr. Temba also informed that according to a survey conducted in 2001, about four percent of the overall population of the state are affected by diabetes which means that out of 24 lakh people, about 1 lakh are suffering from the disease. By 2025, the numbers of patients would have increased to almost 1.6 to 1.7 lakhs of people, he added.
Various ways and methods to ease the suffering of diabetes patients and preventive measures to halt the spread of the disease is the present need of the day along with mass awareness campaigns to spread education and information on the disease, Dr. Temba further stated while adding that besides spreading awareness on the subject, people also need to change their lifestyles and mentalities in order to lead healthy and vigorous lives.
As part of the health camp, several Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on Diabetes were handed out to the public while more than 100 participants undertook blood sugar tests. A video clip on diabetes produced by World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark which displayed various important aspects of the disease was also shown on the occasion.
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