Year-long campaign on diabetes kicks off today

The Rotary Club, in association with the Art of Living, will start a year-long nation-wide awareness campaign on diabetes, beginning Sunday.

A walkathon will mark the launch of the campaign - “Know Diabetes No Diabetes,” starting at the State Lawn Tennis Association stadium, Cubbon Park at 8:30 am, will be flagged off by Health Minister Arvind Limbavali.

The organisers expect at least 3,000 enthusiasts including college students to participate in the event.

The walkathon will pass through Kasturba Road and Vidhana Soudha and return to the State Lawn Tennis Association stadium.

Dr Asha Khatri, past president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, told Deccan Herald that apart from walkathon, the campaign is designed to screen people for diabetes.
Beginning Sunday, the screening camps will be simultaneously held at 350 centres across the City – 86 Rotary Clubs in the City, 100 Clubs of the Rotary 3190 district and 150 Art of Living Centres across the City.

The campaign aims at screening at least 3,000 people in a month.

Database to be prepared

Dr Asha added that they will generate a database of the screenings, enabling them to identify the persons further.

“The campaigns and free screening camps will be held for a year in all the centres of the Rotary Clubs and Art of Living across the nation. Those who test positive will be given medical guidance and will be referred to tertiary hospitals,” Dr Asha Khatri said.
The campaign is sponsored by Sagar Hospitals and Novo Nordisk, a companywhich is into the production of insulin and related products.

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