‘World Diabetes Day’ celebrated at various institutions

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 14: As a part of awareness campaign which is carried out in more than 160 countries across the globe, ‘World Diabetes Day’ was also celebrated at Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar here today.
On the occasion, Dr Rajeev Sharma, Director Health Services, Jammu was the chief guest.
In the welcome address, Dr Parveen Yograj, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, analyse the theme of the year, ‘Access to Diabetics Care’ which is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin 100 years back.
A PPT on World Diabetes Day was presented by Dr Sushil Bhosle explaining update on causes prevention and management of diabetes mellitus.
On the occasion, 23 hospital employees were felicitated for exemplary services and dedication towards duties by administration of Health Department.
Among others who were present during the event included, Dr Motam Ravinder, Mohd Nadeem, Jaswinder Singh, Rakesh Baskhi, Meenakshi Mehra, Simran Singh, Sunil Khajuria, Sudesh Kumari, Anita Attri and Gurpreet Kour.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of ‘World Diabetes Day,’ doctors who assembled at the Government Medical College (GMC), Baramulla, today stated that diabetes poses dangerous future complications, urging the risk-group individuals to ensure early management of the disease.
Dr. Shaariq Masoodi, Professor of Endocrinology at SKIMS, Soura, who also attended the event along with several others from different peripheral and tertiary care hospitals, said that ‘World Diabetes Day’ is observed to spread awareness among people about the disease, its prevention, and early management in cases with increased chances of having the disease due to various factors.
He added that over 5 crore people worldwide are at risk if they do not take corrective measures in a timely manner, including changing dietary habits, etc.
Dr. Ruby Reshi, Principal of GMC Baramulla, stated that the aim of holding the event was to create awareness about the disease among the people, identify the risk factors, and inform those at risk about the tests they need to do on time.
“We have also held a screening camp where people will be counseled. Based on the screening, they will be handled properly,” she said, emphasizing that people must change their dietary habits.
Dr. Parvaiz Masoodi, Medical Superintendent of GMC Baramulla, stated that faculty members from SKIMS and GMC Srinagar attended the event and stressed the importance of early detection of the disease.
A similar function was also organised by the Department of Endocrinology at SKIMS to raise awareness about diabetes management.
The event featured panel discussions and presentations on topics such as the magnitude of the diabetes problem, its impact on kidney and heart health, and nerve-related issues.
Prof. Parvaiz A. Koul, Director SKIMS, commended the department for organizing the event to educate the public.
Dr. Bashir A. Laway, Dean, Medical Faculty and HoD Endocrinology, mentioned ongoing efforts to engage diabetic educators, start fellowship programs, and initiate various initiatives at SKIMS to expand diabetic management services.
Professor Shariq Masoodi, the Organising Chairman, and Prof. Riyaz A. Misgar, the Organising Secretary, highlighted the significance of World Diabetes Day.
Dr. Farooq A. Jan, the Medical Superintendent of SKIMS, emphasized the importance of techniques, including disease education and lifestyle modifications, for effective disease management.