State to launch diabetes, hypertension screening for youths

JAIPUR: The state government will soon launch screening for the two non-communicable diseases — diabetes and hypertension — in Rajasthan. Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said he had discussed with chief minister Ashok Gehlot to launch a campaign for screening of youths for early detection of the diseases and its treatment.

While addressing the gathering of health officials of 11 countries at WHO South East Asian Region (SEAR) health ministers’ meeting in Jaipur, Azad said, “I have discussed about the screening with Gehlot. The CM has assured us to launch it soon and they have started preparations for it.”

He said that Union health ministry has launched a nationwide screening for diabetes and hypertension, which is under way.

Diabetes and hypertension is a cause of concern for the health ministers of 11 countries and the WHO. Azad said, “After the meetings in Jaipur, the heads of states and governments, including health ministers, will assemble in New York to discuss another major public health challenge the world is facing – non-communicable diseases (cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and stroke being the four major non-communicable diseases) – in the UN general assembly.”

He said, “Developing countries like ours have many concerns. We have yet not been able to control communicable diseases and we are facing challenges from non-communicable diseases, new and infections.”

Moreover, a WHO official said around half of the deaths due to non-communicable diseases is because of diabetes and strokes, which depends on our lifestyle and eating habits.