9,000 camps to be held over 3 years in urban, rural centres
CHENNAI: The State Government has launched a massive gestational diabetes screening programme under the Varumun Kappom scheme, Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj, said here on Friday.
The Health Department proposes to hold 9,000 camps over three years in urban and rural centres, he said during the inauguration of `OSSICON 2007', the fifth national congress of The Obesity Surgery Society of India, organised by Lifeline multi-specialty hospital.
Over 600 camps were held in the past three months and 28,000 people diagnosed with diabetes. Another 28,000 were found to have heart problems. About 17.8 percent of the pregnant women were found to have gestational diabetes.
Awareness needed to be created about problems caused by obesity as they could lead to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, he said.
Inaugurating the conference, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said obesity was a global problem and India was no exception.
Modern lifestyles had led to proliferation of diabetes and heart disease. Practising therapies like yoga could be the panacea.
The number of those afflicted with obesity was increasing worldwide and stood at about seven per cent of the population now, P.K. Chowbey, president, Obesity Surgery Society of India, said. Obesity among children was also on the rise. The bureaucracy and the public had to be sensitised to scientific treatment of obesity.
J.S. Rajkumar, organising chairman, `OSSICON 2007', spoke.