Jammu, October 18 (Scoop News)- “With the prevalence of Diabetes rising to over 15 percent in Jammu & Kashmir, the major health challenge in the next few years will be increasing incidence of Diabetes in youngsters including adolescents and teenagers”. This was stated here today by renowned Diabetologist, National Professor of Diabetes and noted author Dr. Jitendra Singh while addressing a Diabetes Awareness cum Detection programme held today at “Kusht Ashram” (Leprosy Home), Bhagwati Nagar. This was probably the first of its kind Diabetes programme to be held at Leprosy Home here and was organized by Diabetes Care Foundation (DCF) in collaboration with Shaheed Kuldeep Verma Memorial Committee led by Committee General Secretary Shilpi Verma.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that often the health services do not adequately reach leprosy affected sections of society and even the medical professionals attending on them focus primarily on leprosy without realizing that these people could also be victims of modern day non-communicable diseases like Diabetes and hypertension. During the camp over 150 leprosy individuals received counselling for Diabetes and there were about 10 new detections of diabetes patients.
Holding lifestyle changes as mainly responsible for rapid spread of Diabetes, Dr. Jitendra Singh made a startling disclosure that a survey conducted during morning hours across various school bus stops in and around
Dr. Jitendra Singh also referred to the economic burden of Diabetes involving the cost of lifelong management of diabetes and its complications which is going to be an additional liability for the society and the nation.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, assisted by Dr. Sandeep Dhar and a team of doctors, also examined patients and prescribed treatment.
On the occasion, Rajeev Sharma and his team conducted blood tests. Free medicines was also distributed.
Dr. Kuldeep Gupta, Chander Mohan Sharma, Shilpi Verma, Balbir Ram, Parmodh Kapahi, Pushpa Wazir, Ayodhya Gupta and Sunita Anand were prominent among those who also expressed their views.
President Kusht Ashram Society Abdul Karim and Mohd. Lateef expressed gratitude the visiting team of doctors for rendering services to the inmates of Khust Ashram.