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FOR A CAUSE: College students taking out a procession in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: R. Ashok
FOR A CAUSE: College students taking out a procession in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: R. Ashok

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Distribution of pamphlets and brochures marks World Diabetes Day

TIRUCHI: "India is going to be the diabetes capital of the world", voiced the placards carried by hundreds of college students, who took out a rally in Tiruchi to mark the World Diabetes Day.

Organised by Star Health and Allied Insurance, the rally aimed at educating the people about the methods of identification of the widespread disease.

Flagged-off from the Anna Statue, the hundreds of NSS volunteers drawn from different colleges in Tiruchi, including K.A.P. Viswanathan Government Medical College, Periyar Teacher Training College, Seshasayee Institute of Technology, etc., marched through the thoroughfares.

Pamphlets and brochures, about the ways and means of controlling the disease, were distributed to the public.

The handouts stressed the importance of health diets, health screening and exercising.

On health screening, it urged the people to go in for a healthcare setting, as people tend to ignore the findings of primary care provider.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) finding, India would be the leader in the number of diabetes cases as every fourth diabetic in the world is an Indian. And WHO predicts the number of diabetics in India would go up to 40 million in 2010.

"The number of diabetes cases drastically increases every year in India. But most people tend to ignore it, as the effect is not immediate," said Area Manager of Star Health and Allied Insurance S. Gopalakrishnan.

The exclusive health insurance company is said to be the first-of-its-kind in the country.

A two-day medical camp was conducted on its premises and over 200 people underwent various tests such as blood-sugar level, pressure and cataract, said its area manager A. Selvaraj.

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