Expressing concern at the increase in number of diabetics and persons with heart diseases in the country, Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Sunday called for public private participation to “put down the alarming rise.”

“The increase in number of (cases of) diabetes, heart diseases, cancer and renal diseases in India is worrying. Statistics reveal that there has been 66 per cent rise in reported ailments in the past 10 years. Public private participation is necessary to put down the alarming rise in the increase of diseases,” Mr. Barnala said in an address at a private hospital here.

Referring to the growing number of cancer cases in the country, he said “Smoking and consuming of alcohol is one among many avoidable causes of cancer,” besides environmental pollution and certain substances added in food for flavour.

Barnala urged on creating awareness for the need of early diagnosis and tretament and said that the Government and NGOs should conduct regular health camps in rural areas to educate people on healthcare and send across the message of leading a healthy and hygienic life, he urged.

Appreciating the state on the healthcare front, he said Tamil Nadu was in the forefront in providing quality health services.

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