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Goa Health Minister launches ‘Changing Diabetes Barometer’

Panaji, Sep 20 (UNI) The Directorate of Health Services in collaboration with the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation under the National Non-Communicable Disease Control Programme launched the Changing Diabetes Barometer ( CDB ) Programme at the hands of Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane at Kala Academy in the city on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Health Minister expressed his concern over the rise of lifestyle diseases and called for the efforts to sensitize the masses about how diabetes is proving a silent killer.

He said that ‘this is high time for all of us to ponder over how to curb this disease’. He informed that 9.2 population of the state was affected with diabetes.

The Health Minister further speaking said that Goa was first state in the country to address the problem of diabetes.

It leads to severe health complications resulting in to cardiac failure etc, he said and appealed to all the stakeholders working in this sector can make a difference.

Mass awareness, capacity building, advocacy programme would help to curb the menace of diabetes, he added.

Ambassador of Danish Embassy to India, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka Peter Taksoe-Jensen said Denmark had close to 100 years of experience in fighting diabetes.

He said through the changing diabetes barometer initiative will support the Government of Goa for better advocacy and awareness campaigning the state against diabetes.

He also assured to support in training and educational initiatives for health care professionals, including diabetes educators who will work towards creating awareness among general public about the importance of living healthy lifestyle.

Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Educating Foundation, Melvin D’Souza said that the CDB was important project under which likeminded groups can work together to achieve a productive and fruitful outcome.

As a part of changing diabetic barometer, he said, there is a need for a focused and clear cut effort to bring the importance of diabetes treatment to the fore, and called for the need to give attention on a national platform and make it part of Government and administrative policies.

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