World Diabetes Day 2015

Marking World Diabetes Day-serving those who serve us at BBMP

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) came together to ‘Join the fight against diabetes’. The event was marked with a diabetes awareness camp at the municipal corporation head office.

The event was inaugurated by Shri B.N. Manjunath Reddy, Mayor, Bengaluru in the presence of Mr. G Kumar Naik, Commissioner, BBMP and Mr. Melvin D’souza, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation and Dr. KM Prasanna Kumar senior Endocrinologist and diabetologist and CEO of Bangalore Diabetes Hospital. Over 1200 BBMP sanitation workers were made aware about diabetes and were also given patient education literature.

Diabetes is a very real threat to the country’s economic and developmental goals. With India having almost 68 million people with diabetes, there is an urgent need for all stakeholders to come together to create awareness around diabetes prevention and management of diabetes among masses. Some of diabetes related complications include heart disease, hypertension, kidney failure, diabetic retinopathy and even death.

“There is an urgent need from stakeholders across including government and private parties to create a conducive environment and infrastructure for proper diagnosis and management of diabetes in India. Diabetes not just complicates everyday living; it also puts the affected person at strong risk of complications. As we continue to find ways to contain the ramifications of this health disorder, it is critical that we reach out to different segments of the society and address their concerns at the grass-root level. The BBMP pourakarmikas serve the citizens dedicatedly round the clock and therefore following a healthy lifestyle is improbable. This means that possibility of developing diabetes is higher. We are happy to support the people who serve our city and help them lead a healthy life,” said Melvin D’souza, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation.

This launch symbolically also acknowledged the 387 million people estimated to live with diabetes worldwide, with the number of people suffering from disease set to rise beyond 592 million in less than 25 years. It highlighted the importance of increasing awareness about diabetes and emphasised the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in improving the lives of people with diabetes.

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1. Estimated from IDF 7th Atlas 2015
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