O. Dale Williams, professor, Department of Biostatistics, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, said on Monday that there was a rapid increase in the number of diabetics in India.

He was speaking after inaugurating the multi-specialty clinics at the Kasturba Hospital here.

Prof. Willams said that the growth of non-communicable diseases in the country had seen a rise in the last decade. The multi-specialty clinics would help in treating such patients. It was necessary to collect the data of the diseases properly. This would help in providing good healthcare to them, he said. Releasing a brochure of the multi-specialty clinics, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal said that it was necessary to have such clinics in tertiary care hospitals since patients required comprehensive care. The multi-specialty clinics would provide specialised car, he added.

Dean of Kasturba Medical College P. Sripathi Rao said: “With the help of multispecialty clinics, we can have a proper data, which can be used for future benefits.”

Medical Superintendent of Kasturba Hospital R.R. Pulgaonkar welcomed the gathering. Sudha Vidyasagar, professor and head of the Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, gave an overview of the multi-specialty clinics.