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AIIMS organises walkathon to raise awareness on diabetes



Now-a-days Diabetes has become a silent killer. Even after diagnosed with diabetes people often neglect it. Simple measures like taking less carbohydrates, reducing stress and having regular exercise are enough to fight with Diabetes.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar has improved access to diabetes care with dedicated Endocrinology Unit for treatment. If someone suspects of having diabetes, then he/she can come to the NCD clinic set up at AIIMS Bhubaneswar for check-up, said AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director Dr. Gitanjali Batmanabane while speaking on the occasion of a walkathon organised today.

The walkathon held today on the theme ‘Access to diabetes care’ witnessed huge participation of doctors, medical and nursing students as well as NSS volunteers of the institution.

Dr. Gitanjali inaugurated the walkathon which started from the Biju Patnaik Police Training Academy gate and culminated at the AIIMS Campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Head of Endocrinology Department at AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Dr. Kishore Behera reiterated the commitment of AIIMS Bhubaneswar to make people aware about access to Diabetes care. AIIMS Bhubaneswar Dean Dr. Debashis Hota along with other faculty members, staff and student volunteers participated in the walkathon.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar has been organising series of programs to mark World Diabetes Day since last 5 years. This year, it started from November 14 with seminars, competitions and various public awareness programmes.

In the year 1921, Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best developed insulin. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes and the need to control it in its early stages, with the theme for World Diabetes Day 2021 “Access to Diabetes Care if not now when.” In India, approximately 77 million people have been affected by diabetes, as per the data released by the Diabetes Atlas Committee (IDF).

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