Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The government will soon start close monitoring of hospitals to check compliance with the guidelines on monitoring pregnant mothers for elevated glucose levels, Health Secretary V. K. Subburaj said on Tuesday.

Addressing the weeklong World Diabetes Day celebrations, organised by Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospital and the India Diabetes Research Foundation (IDRF), he said the government had made screening for gestational diabetes mandatory and would start implementing the programme strictly.

He released a DVD on children’s diabetes.

Earlier, inaugurating the celebrations and launching a training manual for paramedical staff, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A. K. Ganguly urged parents to set an example for children by adopting healthy diet and regular exercise.

Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University K. Meer Mustafa Hussain said the modern-day focus of awareness campaigns for diseases that could not be cured but only controlled was based on living with the disorder, and this held true with diabetes as well. A. Ramachandran, IDRF president, said the actual prevalence of diabetes in India of 41 million patients could be a gross underestimation.

Chennai Slim and Fit

M. V. Hospital for Diabetes launched a ‘Chennai Slim and Fit’ diabetes awareness programme for schools in Chennai to mark the observance of this year’s theme of ‘Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.’

The highlights of the event were quiz, slogan and poster designing contests on the theme, ‘healthy lifestyle and prevention of obesity,’ said hospital managing director Vijay Viswanathan.

S. Elango, Director of Public Health, launched the programme, which will involve distribution of awareness kits to schools, by handing over the first kit to S. Nagaraju, CBSE regional officer. Murali Vijay, Test cricketer, Aditya Patel, motor racing personality, and Robinson Nathan, basketball player, gave away the prizes to winners of various contests.