Dr Amrita Ghosh, Fortis C-DOC, making a presentation on 'Fortis C-DOC Diabetes Rath'
Dr Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC & N-DOC, and Convenor of the Round Table,speaking on Diabetes prevalence in India.
Ranbaxy Science Foundation organized 31st Round Table Conference on ‘EARLY DETECTION
OF DIABETES & PREVENTIVE MEASURES’ on 12 April 2014, at India Habitat Centre, New
Prof. Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC Centre for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases
and Endocrinology, Hospital; Chairman, National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol
Foundation (N-DOC) and Director, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Diabetes Foundation
(India) (DFI) emphasized the need for extending quality service and easy access
for early detection and prevetion of diabetes.
Delivering the key note address at the Inaugural session of the 31st Round Table
Conference of the Ranbaxy Science Foundation, on the topic “Early Detection of Diabetes
and Preventive Measures on April 12, 2014 at, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Dr.
Misra outlined the importance of this issue at this critical juncture.
Terming his presentation as “Early Detection of Diabetes and Preventive Measures:
A Cup Full and Yet Empty”, he brought to focus the striking fact that primary health
centres are ill equipped to cope up with the fast changing scenario in health sector.
In view of evidence about early origins of non-communicable diseases, there is urgent
need to start interventions even before the birth of a child. Sharing the experience
of “Diabetes Rath- Diabetes Care at Footsteps”, he explained the importance of expanding
quality service coverage.
In view of certain specific reasons the cut offs for obesity and abdominal obesity
have been lowered for Indians by evolving Consensus Guidelines. The fast changing
patterns of nutrition, warrants need for more simplified innovations in research
in line with current cooking diet practices of South Asians. Physical inactivity
is becoming a norm, this should be countered by implementing Consensus Physical
Activity Guidelines with 60 minutes of physical activity with inbuilt 30 minutes
of aerobic activity.
National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular
Diseases & Stroke (NPCDCS) initiated by the Government of India needs to be strengthened.
Cost of care should be an important component of economic policy framework. There
is urgent need for multi-pronged approach involving multiple stakeholders including
primary health workers, doctors, government, civil society, scientists, pharmaceutical
companies, media and celebrities.
This Round Table was inaugurated by Dr. V.M. Katoch, Secretary to Govt. of India,
Department of Health Research and Director General, Indian Council of Medical. Over
200 participants ranging from clinicians, public health specialists, basic scientists,
nutritionists, media personalities and representatives from World Health Organisation,
central and state government deliberated through the day in various sessions as
a part of this programme.