Drive Against Non – Communicable Diseases in Kerala

Published on: 31 Jul, 2013
Published under: Kerala Health News

30 July 2013

Kerala State has initiated grass-root level programmes to address non-communicable diseases, according to P.K. Jameela, Director of Health Services. Doctors at community health centres and primary health centres are being trained to manage them, which include diabetes and hypertension.

A list of 12 simple and cost-effective medicines has been made available to manage these two diseases. She said this while inaugurating a training programme for health professionals at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies here. Kerala is going through a crucial and difficult phase, Jameela said. Communicable diseases and malnutrition apart, non-communicable diseases too posed a major worry.

Referring to results of a recent screening programme, Jameela said that around 50 per cent of adults above 30 years suffered from a non-communicable disease.

Brian Oldenburg, program director for the Asian research network on non-communicable diseases and based in Australia, said that the programme aimed at developing location-specific solutions for their prevention and management.


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