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Around 180 million people affected by diabetes Sri Lanka Minister at the World Diabetes Summit in Chennai

Sunil C. Perera in Chennai-India

Chennai, 29 November, ( Sri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says Sri Lanka has formulated a National Policy for Non Communicable Diseases [NCD].Sri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala de SilvaSri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

Addressing inaugural session of the World Diabetes Summit for South East Asia Region held in Chennai on Friday, he said Sri Lanka is also one of the countries in the world with a high incidence of diabetes currently estimated at 7 to 8 percent.

Rapid urbanization, dietary changes and decreasing levels of physical activity are considered to be some underlying for diabetes.

He said Sri Lanka has embarked upon different strategies, such as creating awareness for health promotion and prevention of diabetes, screening for the diseased and for secondary prevention.

"My ministry is giving leadership to this programme and I am thankful to professional bodies like the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka for their active support in this regard, he said.

Addressing global issues on diabetes, the minister said that the developing countries are facing an unavoidable epidemiological transition towards an epidemic of Non Communicable Diseases like diabetes, Cardiovascular disease , Chronic Respiratory diseases and malignancies.

He said diabetes is a major problem for the world. It is estimated around 180 million people were affected due to this disease. The minister said most of masses in the developing countries do not know that they have the disease.

"We have been able to develop a public private partnership and with the financial assistance given by the private sector including multinational companies, we were able to open dedicated state of the art diabetic clinics at major hospitals, including the North and the East of Sri Lanka .This has improved the quality of care afforded to diabetes and has improved access to such services, he said.

Addressing the conference Chairman of the World Diabetes Foundation Prof; Pierre Lefebvre said, the WDF is playing a major role to control diabetes .It has already assisted 164 projects in 80 countries.

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