Four-day diabetes congress begins in Kochi

KOCHI: Recalling the campaign that Diabetes UK had undertaken under his leadership during the period of Margret Thatcher, Sir Michael Hirst, president of International Diabetes Federation, said that campaigns in all fronts have to start now for the betterment of people with diabetes and to reverse the diabetes mortality clock. He was inaugurating the four-day world diabetes congress organized by Diabetes India at Hotel Le Meridian’s convention centre in Kochi on Thursday.

The diabetes clock is ticking at the rate of one death and two new entrants per every 8 seconds, and the objective of the world congress is to stall the epidemic and thereby stop the mortality clock, said Dr SM Sadikot, president of Diabetes India, who presided over the event.

Referring to the present scenario and concerns in diabetes in India, a country where contrasting population of under-nutrition and over-nutrition coexists, Jean Claude Mbanyn, former president, International Diabetes Federation, said that the congress have to focus on building a society where diabetic prone environment does not exist so that the baton is not passed on to next generation. Research and results should reach the patients, he said.

Dr SR Aravind, Dr Anad Nigam, Dr Johny Kannampilly, and Dr Jyothidev Keshavdev spoke.

The inauguration was marked by the Diabetes India declaration of metabolic syndrome as the biggest epidemic in human history with a clarion call for its prevention.

In the four-day world congress, more than 3000 expert medical practitioners, scientists and researchers from various states and world over, would chalk out decisive action plans to reverse the diabetes mortality clock. A wide range of topics touching diabetes, its monitoring, awareness, management, treatment, control and nutrition would be taken up at symposiums, workshops, debates and plenary sessions to be held.