KARNATAKA

Diabetes care centre in Bangalore to be fully functional in two years

Check-up: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa getting his eyes tested at the Karnataka Institute of Diabetology in Bangalore on Wednesday. Ministers V.S. Acharya and Ramachandra Gowda are with him.

Check-up: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa getting his eyes tested at the Karnataka Institute of Diabetology in Bangalore on Wednesday. Ministers V.S. Acharya and Ramachandra Gowda are with him.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

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The institute, spread over five acres, will come up at Indiranagar

Bangalore: The Karnataka Institute of Diabetology, said to be the first establishment of its kind in India in the government sector, will be fully functional with in-patient wards in the next two years, at the health complex coming up at Indiranagar here.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who inaugurated the out-patient unit of the institute at the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology here on Wednesday, said that the campus at Indiranagar would be spread over a five-acre plot already allotted by the Government. The institute would focus on providing holistic diabetic care in rural areas, and had already started offering services in Malur and Sathanur, he said.

India had 41 million diabetics and the number was likely to double by 2030, Mr. Yeddyurappa said. The profile of those affected by the disease had demolished the myth that it was the wealthy and the obese that were vulnerable to it, he added.

Heart attack risks

C.N. Manjunath, Director of the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, said that people who suffered from diabetes had a much higher rate of suffering a heart attack. Of the 20,000 in-patients treated at the institute last year, at least 5,000 were diabetics, he said.

Emphasising the need for providing greater funding for health, Dr. Manjunath suggested that 10 per cent of the local area development fund of MLAs and MLCs, should be dedicated to the health of the poor. “Laws should be amended to allow the channel of money to healthcare,” he said.

Specialised machine

The OPD unit, inaugurated on Wednesday, has specialised units which address all conditions related to diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy and neurological problems.

Dr. Pratibha Hande, who heads the diabetic retinopathy section, said that state-of-the-art Pattern Scanning Laser (Pascal) machine in the department was the second of its kind in any government hospital in India.

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