♣ Screening for diabetes to be mandatory

New Delhi: Come October, India will roll out the world’s largest-ever diabetes screening and detection programme. In nearly two months, it will become mandatory for all villagers above the age of 30, in 100 districts, to undergo tests to rule out diabetes and hypertension.

The Union health ministry has shortlisted 28 states where the programme will be rolled out initially. Once that becomes a success, the ministry plans to roll out the programme nationally.

Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We have a huge burden of diabetes. But awareness is low in rural areas. We are planning to provide diabetes tests to villagers.”



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