Prevention of Diabetes in young is national priority: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also a nationally renowned Diabetologist, said here today that preventing Diabetes in the young is a national priority and needs to be taken up in a mission mode in order to conserve and streamline India's enormous youth energy.

Delivering the inaugural address at the launch of "Diabetes Free India" campaign by "Social Empowerment Villagers Association" (SEVA), Dr Jitendra Singh said, for a country whose 65% population is below the age of 35, the physical and mental well being of the youth is no longer the concern only of medical professionals or healthcare personnel, but it has assumed a national priority, because it threatens to drain away the vital youth energy of India, which is imperative for making India a front-line world nation. He said, with more and more Indians getting afflicted with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at younger age, it is an immediate challenge to halt this phenomenon which is virtually acquiring epidemic proportions. The nation can hardly afford the luxury of incapacitating the youth's work capacity or energy even by even a minutest fraction, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh observed that when Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus strikes an individual at a young age, the challenge is two-fold. First, he said, the individual is expected to keep his Blood Sugar levels strictly on the lower side, so as to ensure that his eyes, kidneys, heart and other vital organs do not get affected over a long span of life that he will have to live dealing with diabetes. Secondly, this also poses an additional economic liability for a lifelong management of Diabetes for a longer number of years.

Dr Jitendra Singh noted that the Modi Government is working at different levels to meet this challenge like, for example, free blood sugar testing campaign at national level, general health insurance policy, Ayushman Bharat, Wellness Clinics, kidney dialysis facility in all district government hospitals, promotion of Yoga, etc., But, at the same time, the non-government agencies and in fact the civil society in general also have to take a call, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated the efforts of SEVA for volunteering to provide free Diabetes healthcare as well as undertaking an awareness campaign to prevent it.


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