LAHORE – Like other parts of the world, the World Diabetes Day was observed in the City on Wednesday, raising awareness and formulating proposals for policymakers to take preventive measures against the disease.

Seminars, walks and free medical camps were organised both at the government and private level to raise public awareness about the disease and provide necessary treatment facilities to the poor segment of the society.

Besides arranging free medical camp, Lahore General Hospital organised a symposium and a walk to mark the WDD.

Speaking at the symposium and talking to the newsmen after the walk, Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafique stressed the doctors to sensitise public about preventive measures as it could avoid expenses of millions of rupees on treatment.

He said that Punjab Government has taken a number of revolutionary steps for the promotion of health sector, welfare of doctors, nurses and paramedics and facilitation of patients by installing air-conditioners at general wards of public sector hospitals. Chairman Board of Management LGH Gen Retd Zia ud Din Butt, Principal PGMI and LGH Prof Anjam Habib Vohra, Ex-Principal King Edward Medical College Prof Mehmood Ali Malik, MS LGH Dr Muhammad Hassan, Prof Ghayyas-un-Nabi Tayyab, Prof Agha Shabbir Ali, Prof Ali Haider, Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Dr Israr ul Haq Toor, Diabetes Specialist Dr Imran Hassan Khan and faculty members, doctors, nurses, students and a large number of patients and their attendants were present on the occasion. A free diabetes camp was also organised at the hospital where sugar tests of hundreds of patients were conducted free of cost.

Prof Anjam Habib Vohra said that diabetes is a silent killer which affects the human heart and kidneys badly. He said that over 10 million people in Pakistan are suffering from this disease. He said that the way Punjab Chief Minister, with the dedicated and coordinated contribution by doctors and paramedical staff, defeated the dengue virus is a glorious chapter of national history. Even the Sri Lankan and Indonesian experts have recognised the spirit and talent of doctors and paramedical staff, he added. He said diabetes is the mother of all diseases which should be eliminated through vigorous campaign launched on war footing like in the case of dengue.

Addressing the symposium Prof Mehmood Malik, Prof Ghayyas-un-Nabi Tayyab and Dr Imran Hassan said that regular physical exercise and simple food can be helpful in preventing this disease. They were of the view that the number of diabetic patients will be doubled by 2030 if proper steps and public awareness against the disease are not ensured.

Pakistan Medical Society organised a seminar “diabetes education and prevention” in collaboration with Mother and Child Rehabilitation Society at Special Kids Inn School.

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