In India, there are thousands of children and adults, who suffer from type-1 diabetes, living in rural areas. And the biggest worry they face is how to store the insulin as they don’t have fridge at their disposal. So, either they have to search for a medical shop or a suitable place where they can keep the insulin cool. Load-shedding in remote rural areas is also a daily affair.
But, now, even if you don’t have fridge to store the insulin, just don’t worry. Renowned diabetologist from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Dr Archana Sarda has come up with a novel idea to keep the insulin cool even in the summers.
- Take 2 earthen pots of small and big size
- In a big pot, put sand in the bottom and keep another pot
- Fill in the empty space with sand and water
- Store insulin in a small earthen pot and cover it with lid
- Put some water on the lid
On being asked how she came up with an idea to store insulin in an earthen pot, Dr Archana Sarda said, “Once during summer, the blood sugar level of the children visiting me was too high. After going through the details, I came to know that the insulin has denatured. After which we came up with this thought to keep insulin in an earthen pot.”
Dr Sarda further added, “We conducted a thorough scientific study by keeping insulin in the earthen post at different temperatures. Though, the temperature had gone up the temperature in the pot was less than 28 degree Celsius.”
In Aurangabad, around 500 patients are using these earthen pots to keep insulin cool throughout the year.
“During summer, the temperature increases. If the temperature isn’t appropriate then the insulin gets denatured. During summer, patients face difficulty to store insulin in the houses. Owing to which, even if the patients’ needs it he avoids taking it. So, we researched about storing it in the earthen pots. And many patients are benefitting from it,” added Dr Sarda.
Dr Sarda’s idea is affordable. One has to pay just Rs 120 for two earthen pots. This technique helps to store insulin in a right way for a year. Dr Sarda had presented a poster on this technique at International Diabetes Federation conference. Not only this, International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes has acknowledged the process of keeping insulin cool.