Mumbai Kidney Foundation, an NGO, along with Shree Kandivali Hitwardhan Mandal Hospital, will start a free diabetes clinic for people below poverty line. The free OPD service will begin at Kandivli from on November 14, which is also observed as World Diabetes Day.
Dr Umesh Khanna, nephrologist and transplant physician, said, “Indians suffer from different levels and types of diabetes. Diabetes is known as a silent killer. It is our belief that conditions like diabetes should be managed by adopting a responsible lifestyle which includes having a balanced diet and exercise.”
He said as the awareness and understanding of the disease remains poor, they have named their campaign ‘Conquer Diabetes Abhiyan’. It will serve as a platform to prevent, educate and raise awareness among the needy.
“This free OPD will provide free eye, kidney and heart check-ups. Diabetes is known to affect eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, heart and so, regular health check-ups are a must,” said Khanna.
The clinic will have dieticians who will inform people about weight management and exercise that will help them control their blood sugar levels. “Also, free medicines for a month will be provided,” said Khanna, adding that they also plan to launch similar clinic at three other places in Mumbai.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 3.4 million deaths are caused due to high blood sugar. The WHO also estimates that 80 per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle-income countries and projects that such deaths will double between 2016 and 2030.
The doctor added, “Lifestyle changes have led to an increasing trend in prevalence of diabetes and its associated complications. It is essential for the diabetic patients to keep monitoring not only their blood sugar level but other diabetes inflicted health problems. Regular check-ups and timely detection plays a vital role in controlling and managing the problem.”