Several health-related agencies supported by the Gujarat health department will jointly work on a first-of-its-kind project to discover and manage diabetes among rural, tribal and slum populations.

The Conquer Diabetes project is a joint initiative of Swasthya Diabetes Care, All India Institute of Diabetes and Research (AIIDR), Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar (IIPHG), and BMS foundation, a foreign not-for-profit organisation. Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas will launch it on Sunday.

The focus of the work will be improving diagnosis and care to poor patients by capacity building of doctors and paramedical workers from various Government health centers and creating awareness about the silent killer named Diabetes, said Dr Mayur Patel, chairman of the Swasthya Diabetes Care, All India Institute of Diabetes & Research and the projects chief mentor.

He said the slums of Ahmedabad city, rural parts of Mehsana district and the tribal blocks of Kavath and Nasvadi in Vadodara district would be covered.

For the rural areas, training is to be imparted to the medical officers, both working at PHCs and CHCs. They have to diagnose and manage uncomplicated diabetes and also screen them for complications. Diagnosed patients are to be referred to district hospital or private or NGO hospitals in the area or a nearby medical college hospital. In the tribal areas, the proposal is to pilot, train and mentor through information technology.

After training of urban medical officers, mentoring support will be provided either via telephone or regular meetings with them at training centres, Dr Patel added.

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