Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad launched a screening program in New Delhi that will see slum dwellers in the capital city being tested for hypertension and diabetes.
Stating that all pregnant women and those over 30 years of age will be screened, Azad said that early detection of diabetes and hypertension will be helpful in curbing the spread of the diseases.
The program was launched from the Talkatora Stadium with both Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Health Minister AK Walia also present.
Azad revealed that the program will be screening over 5 crore slum dwellers with over 20 testing units deployed at the stadium. "The WHO and UN has taken note of the gravity of diabetes and hypertension. We will screen five crore persons before September 2011 when UN General Assembly will hold a special session to discuss means and measures to control these diseases", he said.