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.