Free tests and a walkathon to mark World Diabetes day in Karimnagar

K M Dayashankar


KARIMNAGAR: Several healthcare institutions have lined up various programmes to mark the World Diabetes Day, which would be held on Sunday, with the theme of access to diabetes care.

The Association of Physicians of India (API) Karimnagar chapter in association with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Karimnagar chapter and the Women Doctors Wing has decided to organize a walkathon in Karimnagar town on Sunday to create awareness about the diabetes. The walkathon would start from the IMA hall and converge at Flag post near Indira chowk in Karimnagar town.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Saturday, API Karimnagar chapter chairman Dr Vaddeboina Laxman, secretary Dr Sesha Shailaja, API senior leaders Dr DC Tirupathi Rao and Dr D Raghuraman, IMA district president Dr Ch Laxman Kumar, secretary Dr Arun Katari, IMA women doctors wing chairperson Dr M Vijaya Lakshmi and others said that the awareness rally would be inaugurated by Mayor Y Sunil Rao along with Additional Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal, DMHO Dr Juveria and participate in the walkathon along with the doctors.

On the occasion, the API had also decided to conduct a free diabetes detection camp at the IMA hall in Karimnagar town. Besides, some of the physicians have also decided to conduct free diabetes screening camps at their respective clinics and hospitals. They also released pamphlets to be distributed during the walkathon and at clinics and hospitals.

The doctors have also said that the World Diabetes day on Sunday also attained importance as they would be celebrating the centenary celebrations of invention of Insulin in the world. Stating that eight crore people in the country were suffering from diabetes, they said that more than 50 per cent of the population don’t know about the symptoms.
They also that several people with no history of diabetes became diabetic after contracting Covid-19. Dr Vijaya Lakshmi explained about the gestational diabetics which were on the rise among the pregnant women in the recent past. The doctors informed the people to lead a disciplined lifestyle with good diet, physical exercise and proper medication.

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