Kashmir observes world diabetic day: DHSK screens over 8000 persons; 571 new cases detected

Special focus was given among women folk in today''s event across Kashmir division.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 15 2017 1:01AM | Updated Date: Nov 15 2017 1:01AM
Kashmir observes world diabetic day:  DHSK screens over 8000 persons; 571 new cases detectedGK Photo

Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) observed World Diabetes Day today in response to the escalating prevalence of diabetes in Kashmir. The theme for World Diabetes Day for this year was "Women & Diabetes", a DHSK spokesman said.

He said this day is celebrated world-wide in order to raise awareness of this chronic, debilitating and costly disease among children, adults, health care professionals, decision makers and others. Special focus was given among women folk in today's event across Kashmir division.

On this day, various hospitals along with historic Clock tower (Ganta Ghar) at Lal chowk, Srinagar was illuminated in blue light in order to create awareness among masses about the importance of the day and the disease. Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir organized screening camps across various health institutions including District Hospitals, Sub District Hospitals and various Primary Health Centers along. A total of over 8000 persons were screened across Kashmir Division, out of which, 571 new cases of suspected diabetes were found who have been advised to consult NCD District Cells in major health institutions for proper follow-up, the spokesman added.

Apart from screening of diabetes using glucometers, IEC activities were also conducted on this day which included distribution of pamphlets among people on diabetes care and person to person interaction.