The Odisha government has decided to screen all persons above 30
years of age, pregnant women, elderly persons, TB, HIV and AIDS patients and
all suspected children for diabetes in selected 10 districts.
Health Minister Atanu S Nayak said, "The state government will
launch the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes,
Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke programme (NPCDCS) this year. More than 46
lakh people will be screened for diabetes within a year."
The selected districts are Cuttack, Puri, Ganjam, Khurda, Sambalpur, Rayagada,
Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Angul. The minister said, those tested
positive will be provided with free medicine and treatment.
The programme has been implemented in five districts and the authorities have
so far screened around 29 lakh people in these districts. Nayak said among them
about 6 to 7 per cent are found with diabetes.
A guideline for screening of people for diabetes and hypertension has been sent
to these districts and health workers and other paramedical members were given
training on the use of required machines.
"It is expected that nearly 3.2 lakh diabetes cases
and 3.6 lakh hypertension cases will be detected during this screening
programme," said Dr P K B Patnaik, State Nodal officer, NPCDCS.