BMTC launches month-long diabetes campaign

BMTC launches month-long diabetes campaign

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), in association with Novo Nordisk India, launched a month long diabetes camp for its 35,000-plus staff including the drivers and the conductors.

A BMTC bus, with messages to create awareness about diabetes, was flagged off by Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy to mark World Diabetes Day celebrations.

A large number of bus drivers and conductors in both KSRTC and BMTC have diabetes owing to stressful conditions due to driving in heavy traffic, sources said. The drivers are constantly behind the wheels, manoeuvring the narrow and congested lanes of the city and in such a scenario, it is critical that their health is in order so that they are able to continue driving safely.

In this wake the month-long campaign will go a long way to ensure the drivers and conductors stay fit and healthy.  

 Lauding the initiative taken up for bus drivers, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, said, “Diabetes is a serious problem faced by people across India. This is a massive initiative. We need programmes such as this that can reach out to people at grass-root levels and bring more and more people into the fold and create an environment for diabetes-free state.”

Speaking on the occasion,  Ekroop Caur, Managing Director, BMTC, said,“We intend to make BMTC sustainable, people-friendly, health of our staff, drivers in particular, is important in helping us achieve our vision.  Drivers are doing the most stressful jobs in the most hostile traffic situation of the city. In such scenario, drivers are vulnerable to several health hazards including diabetes which can lead to serious repercussions.”

In an attempt to encourage and motivate the drivers to follow healthy lifestyle, five drivers were felicitated for having successfully managed to control their diabetes despite stressful work hours.

The event saw employees from BMTC and citizens throng the diabetes village that was set up as part of a month-long campaign. It included demonstrations on how to manage diabetes and take preventive steps in order to control the condition.

Apart from educating and creating awareness on diabetes, people present at the camp were also made to understand the right values of healthy living.

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