The Odisha government has decided to test all those aged above 30 for diabetes in the state’s 10 districts as part of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS).
The government authorities will examine over 46 lakh people including pregnant women, elderly people, and patients of TB, HIV/AIDS for diabetes in 10 districts, Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said here Wednesday.
These districts are Cuttack, Puri, Ganjam, Khurda, Sambalpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Angul.
While the state government has launched National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in five districts to detect the disease, it will be extended to another 10 districts and later to all the districts of the state, he added.
About 7% of the people have been detected being diabetic in 5 districts where the government carried out the screening. The minister said the government is providing free medicine and treatment to the affected people.
Health secretary Arati Ahuja said the department is trying to identify the disease from primary-level and doctors were being trained to provide a better health care to the patients in the state.
According to some estimates, Odisha has 42 lakh diabetic patients compared to the the country’s total of 7 crore patients.