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Free Diabetes detection checkups to be re-introduced

Panjim: The Directorate of Health Services is all set to re-launch ‘Changing Diabetes Barometer (CDB) Programme” along with the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, under which Community diabetes centers (CDCs) would be set up for free check-ups.

The idea was initially mooted way back in 2008, wherein free medical treatment was given to the diabetic patients. The programme will be now re-introduced on Thursday, under the National Non- Communicable Disease Control Programme. Under the programme, in phase one, five CDCs will be set up for testing and treatment of diabetes at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) , North Goa District Hospital, South Goa District Hospital, Sub District Hospitals Ponda and Cottage Hospital Chicalim.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that it is a collaborative approach involving a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for prevention of diabetes through early detection, diagnosis and management. “We are hopeful that with the rollout of the CDB programme, we will be able to ensure improved outcomes for people with diabetes through better access to quality care.

Moreover, also raise awareness about diabetes and related risks in a large cross-section of society,” he said. He said that at present, free insulin is provided at all the Government Hospitals. “Trainings on the latest advancements in diabetes treatment will be provided to all the medical practitioners. Diabetes educators will be appointed for at-home counseling and guidance,” Minister said. Diabetic Mellitus patients are requested to avail the benefits of the programme for their effective management and prognosis with lifestyle management, which will be provided at the identified Health Centers. [H]

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