Staff Reporter

Media asked to play a bigger part in creating public awareness

CHENNAI: Rotary clubs could help address the growing problem of diabetes by joining hands with researchers in spreading the message that diabetes can be controlled and identifying technicians to help in research, diabetologist V. Mohan said on Wednesday.

Dr. Mohan, who was inducted as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Madras East (Rotary International District 3230), pointed out that there was a dearth of researchers in the country and said the Club could help the M.V. Diabetes Research Foundation (MVDRF) identify committed youngsters who could be trained as technicians to help in research.

He called for more efforts to contain the problem in the State and the country, while thanking the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation for funding its diabetes research.

Incidence

A screening last year had found that more than half the people screened were unaware they were diabetic.

N. Murali, Joint Managing Director, The Hindu, who presented the four-way test and membership plaque to Dr. Mohan lauded the efforts of the Club and Dr. Mohan.

"It is time in India that Rotary clubs take up [control and prevention of] diabetes in a massive way."

He wanted the media to play a bigger part in creating awareness of diabetes.

Mr. Murali said that informed programmes were lacking in the electronic media and noted that The Hindu carried reports of seminars and of research work done in the field.

"We have the expertise ... it is only the will and coming together of several institutions" that could help to tackle the problem, he said.

Cheque presented

Mr. Murali presented a cheque of Rs. 5,000 to the Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation Charitable Trust.

Lakshmanan, a Rotarian from California R.C. Sunrise Davis, past district governor of the club, Ramakrishna Raja and president Gurmukh L Kinger, spoke.

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