February 8, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Diabetes screening for all above 30 years through Namma clinic: Dr Sudhakar

Bangalore, Nov. 28: Every person above 30 years of age will be screened for diabetes through Namma clinic. The state government has decided to implement measures to curb non-communicable diseases including diabetes, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

Speaking at the Arogya City Summit, the minister said that the government has decided to start 438 “Namma clinics” in urban areas to manage and curb the increase of non-communicable diseases. Such clinics are being started primarily to cater to people in slums and other areas where the urbanpoor reside.

A database of people with and at risk of NCDs including will be created after conducting mass screenings at Namma clinics. Around 75% of diabetics are not receiving treatment. Therefore, everyone above the age of 30 years is being screened for diabetes.

More than 6,500 health and wellness centers have already been started and diabetes screening will also be done through these. Minister Sudhakar stated that more than 200 Namma clinics are ready, out of which 100 that are out of Bengaluru will be inaugurated within this month. Namma clinics in Bengaluru will be inaugurated after a week of this, Minister Sudhakar added.

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