Singh said it was disturbing that the state, despite being agrarian and having hilly terrain, was seeing a trend of shift of diabetes base to a younger age and women as well. He said the diabetes was spreading rapidly and tribal areas were not an exception in reporting such cases.
‘People settled in Himachal Pradesh's remote areas are also becoming diabetic. Inhabitants of India's highest villages Hikkim and Komik have also been diagnosed with it.’
Delivering his inaugural address in the two-day conference on the Himachal Pradesh Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India, the minister said the state was committed to provide quality medicines and health services for which a number of new health institutions have been opened in the rural areas.
Hypertension Society of India president A. Murugunathan stressed upon the need to make the people aware of this disease.