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BMJ teams up with Fortis C-DOC Hospital, New Delhi to support world-class diabetes care

Online course will help health professionals improve their knowledge and skills


BMJ India has teamed up with Fortis C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases & Endocrinology in New Delhi to provide educational support for health professionals to improve care for people with diabetes in India.

India has the second highest number of diabetics in the world, at about 65 million, after China, and this figure is likely to reach 80 million by 2030.

And the first phase of the India diabetes (INDIAB) study, shows that seven out of 10 diabetics in India – especially those in the 20-24 age group – do not take enough steps to control their blood sugar level – even after diagnosis.

In this context it becomes essential that there are educational initiatives that aid the healthcare community in clinical diagnosis and management of diabetes.

The diabetes course will meet these challenges by helping physicians improve their knowledge of diabetes, its diagnosis and management. The course is delivered online, with a structured contact programme.

Patrick Spencer, Chief Operating Officer, BMJ said: “With the prevalence of diabetes being so high in India, the importance of raising awareness about prevention and regular screening for timely detection, especially among young people, is vital.”

Prashant Mishra, Managing Director, BMJ India, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative to help doctors learn more about this condition and really make a difference to diabetes care across the country.”

Dr Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC said: “We are proud to be associated with BMJ in starting diabetes certification course which should match similar courses anywhere in the world. A quality education regarding diabetes for Indian doctors will go a long way to curb the epidemic of diabetes and its complications in India.”

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Fortis C-DOC Wins ‘Best Hospital In India In Diabetes Care’ Award at CIMS (Current Index of Medical Specialities) Healthcare Excellence Awards, Mumbai – 19th July, 2014

A view of the awardees in different categories

Dr Ashish Shukla, Chief Administrator, Fortis C-DOC, accepting the award

At a glittering awards function at the Hospital Management Conference, Fortis C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases & Endocrinology won the Best Hospital in India in Diabetes Care at the CIMS Healthcare Excellence Awards 2014, held at The Lalit, Mumbai on 19 July, 2014, in the presence of eminent and senior level dignitaries of the healthcare sector of India. These awards, instituted among 20 categories in India’s healthcare industry, are an endeavor to recognize India’s best healthcare providers. The award was proudly received by Dr Ashish Shukla, Chief Administrator, Fortis C-DOC.

DMA ‘Chikitsa Ratan Award’ Conferred Upoon Dr Anoop Misra for his Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Medicine & Service to Mankind, 29 June 2014

A view of the awardees in different categories

Dr Anoop Misra was conferred the DMA CHIKITSA RATAN AWARD by Delhi Medical Association (DMA) for his outstanding contribution in the field of medicine and service to mankind, by the Hon’ble Minister of Law, Communications & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a function on the occasion of Doctors’ Day celebrations held at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, on 29 June 2014.

Early Detection of Diabetes & Preventive Measures on 12 April 2014, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Dr Anoop Misra lighting the inaugural lamp along with other dignitaries

Dr Usha Shrivastava, Head, Public Health, N-DOC & DFI making a presentation at the Ranbaxy Science Foundation Round Table Conference.

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.

Fortis C-DOC, N-DOC & DFI team at the Round Table Conference.

Ranbaxy Science Foundation organized 31st Round Table Conference on ‘EARLY DETECTION OF DIABETES & PREVENTIVE MEASURES’ on 12 April 2014, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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.

Dr, Abdul Basit from Pakistan visits Fortis C-DOC

Dr Abdul Basit , Professor of Medicine & Director, Baqai Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Karachi, Pakistan, visited Fortis C-DOC

Dr Abdul Basit, Professor of Medicine & Director, Baqai Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Karachi, Pakistan, visited Fortis C-DOC. The distinguished guest was welcomed by Dr Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC and given a short tour of the facility.

Dr. Basit made a presentation on the current Diabetes scenario in Pakistan before an interested audience and Dr Misra’s team. This was followed by an enlightening interaction over refreshments.

‘Effect of Pistachio Nuts on Cardiovascular Health’

Dr Anoop Misra making his presentation at the Pistachio Press conference.

Dr Seema Gulati, Head, Research, DFI & N-DOC, presenting the findings of the Pistachio study

Dr Seema Gulati and Dr Anoop Misra addressing the media.

A view of the media persons present at the Pistachio press conference.

DFI & N-DOC released the findings of a study on “Effect of Pistachio Nuts on Cardiovascular Health”, recently published in an international journal) at a press conference titled Engaging Culturally Specific Solutions for Nutrition Intervention for Prevention of Diabetes, on 11th November, 2013, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The Principal Investigator of the study was Prof (Dr.) Anoop Misra.

The study shows that simple dietary changes such as including pistachio nuts to the diet can lead to multiple health benefits and that these important health benefits will decrease incidence and prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease in Asian Indians who are markedly prone to develop these problems.

Prof. Anoop Misra: “Pistachios are part of traditional Indian diet. However, the health effects have not been clearly understood. This study shows multifaceted beneficial effects of pistachios suitable for Indian body type for the alleviation of multiple risk factors they have”.

Dr. Seema Gulati: “Based on this study we can say that pistachios provide an excellent snack option especially for those at risk for metabolic problems and diabetes. They provide beneficial effect in two ways: by displacing energy from other unhealthy sources and secondly, due to their own intrinsic nutritional properties.”

The study was funded by Paramount Farms Inc., whose pistachio nuts were exclusively used for research purpose.

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