World Diabetes Day observed

IMPHAL, Nov 14
The District NCD Cell Imphal West under National Program of Non Communicable Disease observed World Diabetes Day at HWC Awang Wabagai and CHC Khumbong today.  
Dr Y Premchandra Singh, Joint Director, Health Services & Sr Diabetologist cum State Nodal Officer NCD was the chief quest of the observation function presided by Dr Joykumar, Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West.
During his speech, the need for health promotion and preventive care was emphasized including following one's indigenous eating habits free of excess oils, carbohydrates and fats.
India has the second-largest number of diabetics worldwide. According to an estimate, over 74 million Indians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2021 and this is expected to rise to over 124 million by 2045, he said.
According to NFHS-5, prevalence of raised blood sugar among males is 15.6% and among females is 13.5% and in Manipur, among males 16.5% and among females 13.6%.
In Manipur, under CMHA scheme, a total of 3,94,339 have been screened for diabetes during house visits and 15.7% are suspected to have diabetes. Free drugs are also provided, he informed.
It may be noted that under the NCD program, NCD clinics are established in all district hospitals, CHC, PHC and HWC. Free drugs and diagnostics are also extended to these patients .
Special health camps, awareness talks to the public and field works were conducted today.
Meanwhile, Dr Kimthailu, DNO NCD spoke about the various activities taken under NCD Cell. She also deliberated on the need for physical activity and positive lifestyle changes for a healthier society.
Separately, World Diabetes Day was also observed at Khundrakpam Makha Leikai, Imphal East led by Dr Kshetrimayum Kala Singh, president Manipur Heart Care Society.
According to a statement, the observation function was organised by Otsira Genetica Company in the interest of senior citizens of the area.
As a part of the ceremony, a free medical camp was organised wherein roughly 100 people visited to check their BP, ECG, blood sugar and weight. Medicines were also distributed to them free of cost.