In a bid to spread awareness about diabetes, Dr Gadge’s Diabetes Centre has organised a unique ‘Diabetes Mela’ on January 26. The event aims to screen over 10,000 people in a day for blood pressure, blood sugar, electrocardiogram (ECG), bone density and also conduct foot and eye examination.
Diabetes Mela, which is supported by Diabetes Versus We – an association of doctors who have united to raise awareness on diabetes – will have skits, dance and other interactive activities based on the theme of diabetes and its prevention.
As per reports from the International Diabetes Federation, in 2015, India had about 69.1 million people with diabetes; around 78 million people with diabetes live in South East Asia region and 415 million diabetics exist in the world.
“Lack of awareness is leading to an exponential rise in diabetes cases in our country and we need to create maximum awareness to curb it. Nowadays, people do not give health priority, exercising is ignored, sleeping hours have been reduced and lifestyle has gone haywire. This has given rise to mental stress. By ensuring maximum people are a part of awareness campaign, we can take a step forward in tackling diabetes,” said Dr Pradeep Gadge, Chief Diabetologist, Dr Gadge’s Diabetes Centre while addressing a press meet in Mumbai.
The event will be held at MKVV School in Borivli from 9am to 9pm and entry is free.