Srinagar, Mar 13: In sync with the ongoing Glaucoma Week, a screening camp for non-communicable diseases was on Monday held at Government Gousia Hospital Khanyar, during which 29 patients were diagnosed with diabetes.
To overlook the ongoing celebrations, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather visited Government Gousia Hospital Khanyar Srinagar – where he assessed a screening camp conducted for non-communicable diseases.
Talking to media on the sidelines of the event, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, as per GNS said, that in a significant move towards the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Government of India’s HNCD program has initiated screening in all district hospitals for people of all age groups. “The screenings aim to identify individuals who may be at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.”
Citing reports, Rather said that out of the 550 patients screened at Gousia Hospital, 29 were diagnosed with high blood sugar levels, indicating that they are at a good percentage of fighting the disease. “This is in line with the national average, which reports that 12-13% of the population is diabetic,” he said.
“It is crucial for people to change their lifestyle as no other option is left now. They need to exercise, work on their fitness, and reduce the consumption of salt, sugar, and other harmful elements,” said the Director of Health, emphasizing the need for people to take preventive measures seriously.
“The rise of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes is becoming a concern across India, prompting the government to initiate the NCB program. The aim is to educate people on how to remain healthy and enjoy a better quality of life.”
Talking about the outbreak of seasonal influenza on the rise, the Director urged people to take all the necessary precautions and use masks to protect themselves from the virus.”
He advised those experiencing influenza symptoms to drink hot water and consult a doctor immediately.
“We have taken preventive measures, and if anybody among us feels symptomatic, they should consult a doctor. Otherwise, there is no need to worry, taking proper prevention can cure anyone,” he reassured.
“This initiative by the HNCD program is a step in the right direction towards creating awareness and promoting preventive measures for NCDs. With such screenings becoming more common, early detection and management of these diseases could save lives and improve the health of the nation,” he added. (GNS)