13-MAY-2015: Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) will lead a walk on May 16 at 7: 30 am from Bab-e-Syed to Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, JNMC, where he will attend a seminar as the Chief Guest around 9: 00 am.
The walk and the seminar are co-organized by Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology and Diabetes Education and Awareness Program (DEAP), a United States of America based Trust formed by AMU Alumnus. The dual programs of the Walk and the Seminar will be organized to launch the proposed Awareness Program of diabetes and its complications.
"Doctors alone cannot do this job; they need a team of educators and nutritionists to tackle the disease," said Mrs Ghazala Kohkan, Managing Trustee, DEAP. She added that DEAP has rendered services to create awareness and counseling among diabetic patients and our objective is to fill the gap by providing the support of educators and nutritionists through in-hospital clinics. The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology has appointed educators and nutritionists for the purpose.
The Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Professor Jamal Ahmad said that since Diabetes is one of the nation's leading cause of death and disability, by some estimates, there will be 80 million diabetics in India by 2030.
"The Diabetes patients are at a risk of disability and life threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney, eye and nerve disease," said Prof Jamal who added that the researches have shown that much of these complications and premature deaths caused by Type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented.
He further said that the idea of the Walk and the Seminar is education and training of patients to support them with knowledge and the importance of nutrition and exercise for leading a healthy lifestyle.
We at the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will also connect with patients through phones and emails for further check on their health and to remind them periodically about the various important check-ups," said Prof Jamal. He also said that the outcome will be evaluated every six months to see the impact of this new initiative on the overall health and well being of the Diabetic patients.
This is the first initiative of its kind in India undertaken by Rajiv Gandhi Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. It comes after a recently signed MoU between DEAP and Rajiv Gandhi Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, JNMC.