♣ Govt initiates National Health Prog in 100 districts

With increase in incidence of diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular, the government has initiated a pilot programme focussing on health promotion in 100 districts across 20 states, with an estimated outlay of Rs 1,230.90 crore during the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

Replying to a supplementary in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said samples of people in these districts would be collected for testing various diseases like diabetes and others.

The pilot programme would start with 100 districts and these would be covered within one year, the Minister said adding that during the next five years the government is planning to cover all India.

Since no data is maintained about number of diabetes cases, he said such programme would also help in maintaining number of people suffering from such diseases.

He, however, clarified that government is not against usage of Ayurvedic, Yoga or Naturopathy treatments for controlling the diseases but it all depends upon constitution of a patient and degree and chronocity of the disease.

“Under the Indian Systems of Medicines, diabetes can be managed effectively through diet, medicines, yoga and exercise. Various combinations of ASU (Ayurvedic, Unani and Sidha) medicines and treatment regimen are provided by the ASU physicians and hospitals throughout the country,” he said.

The National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke has been approved and is focussing on health promotion, capacity building, including human resources, early diagnosis and management and integration with primary health care system.

He said that the programme would not be limited to test the sample for diagnosing the disease but also suggest ways and help people to get the treatment. (SS-27/08)

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