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Panaji: Directorate of Health Services in collaboration with Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, today re-launched ‘Changing Diabetes Barometer (CDB) Programme” with an aim to provide comprehensive diabetes care to over three lakh people, having the illness.

Under the programme, total 15 community diabetes centers (CDCs) would be set up, free anti-diabetic treatment and medicines will be provided to the patients, home visits from ANMs and diabetes counselors and distribution of relevant diabetes educational literature at all government hospitals and primary health care centres.

Speaking at the launch Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said Goa is moving towards the red zone with toal 9.2 percent of population having diabetes. “The sedentary lifestyle, food and cultural habits have made Goans prone to developing diabetes,” he said.

Minister said that government will be rolling out state-wide diabetes testing programme for all adults over the age of 30 years for early diagnosis of diabetes

Ambassador of Danish Embassy to India Peter Taksoe-Jensen, who was part of the event, said that Denmark has close to 100 years of experience in fighting diabetes.  He said that they will be supporting the training and educational initiatives for healthcare professionals, including diabetes educators who will work towards creating awareness among general public about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Earlier, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation managing trustee Mevlvin D’Souza said that diabetes is an emergency in slow motion and it needs to be prevented from complications, which many at times lead to death. “it is important for likeminded groups to act collectively on the challenges involved.  We are committed to the cause of changing diabetes,” he said.

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