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November 16, 2010

Diabetes Detection for Kids soon in India

In order to make the country stand good in healthcare, Indian government plans to start world's largest juvenile diabetes screening & detection programme for children. Under the healthcare scheme, kids will also be checked for blood pressure. 

As the number of patients with diabetes & high BP are increasing in the country that is a challenge to the health ministry of India, it should be dictated from the early stage in the patients. The announcement came after the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad launched country's urban slum health check-up scheme for diabetes & BP on Sunday. Initially, the health programme will be implemented in major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad & Bangalore.

With the programme gets successful in cities, the ministry has planning to implement the scheme across the country. The Centre will provide the test kits including the glucometers for the diseases & the state governments will be responsible for the logistic part. 

Under the programme, around 17-18 crore people in 100 districts in 30 cities will go through screening for diabetes & BP. As kids are the future of the nation, they should be best protected from the diseases like diabetes & BP that create barrier to health. According to the scheme, people will be informed about the treatment & precautions by SMS. The participants will be provided cards containing the diagnosis, tests & contact details.

A recent study on the financial burden of diabetes on the common man reveals that 60% of diabetics used to spend on the disease for treatment from their savings. The result really matters to the government & huge expenditure on health is the obstruction to country's development, the minister Azad said.

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