Bhubaneswar, 27/6 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Known as the mother of all diseases, diabetes is a common yet incurable disorder. It has been known to destroy the immune system of a human body and yet general public has so little knowledge about it. Diabetes is a serious problem, and although there have been incredible advances; this disease needs to stay on the forefront of medical care. On June 27, 1991 the first World Diabetes Day was organised by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and cosponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of diabetes that affect more than 135 million people worldwide and is expected to increase to 300 million by 2025.
Airports Authority of India, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar organized a “Diabetes Awareness Drive”, where free health check-up camp was set-up in association with Med Plus, KIDS Multi Specialty Hospital, Rabindra Surgicals Pvt. Ltd., National Research Institute of Ayurvedic Drug Development (CCRAS) and Aditya Care Hospital to sensitize and enlighten the passengers and airport staff towards better health and life style management and raise awareness of the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes.
The inaugural lamp was lighted by P.K. Mahapatra, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha. Mahapatra congratulated Sharad Kumar, Airport Director and his team, on extending their support in spreading awareness and also in providing a platform to various health organizations to come together and work as a team in this fight. Mahapatra also said that diabetes is caused not only because of un-healthy eating habits but also because of our changed lifestyles. Our hectic work-schedules; lack of physical exercises and physical activities
are also some of the causes for diabetes. Hyper-tension and depression have become common in children too these days and this to can lead to future ailments. The only way to curb the spread of
diabetes in the society is through awareness and counselling and the steps taken by Airports Authority of India are very noble.
Sharad Kumar conveyed his appreciation towards the Health Organizations who came forward and extended their help in making this event a success. AAI staffs, CISF staff, stakeholders and passengers were invited to get their blood sugar level tested and counselling was provided on obesity and BMI related issues. Med Plus and Himalaya had their products on display.