As per report published by International Diabetes Federation (IDF: 9th Edition, 2009), estimated cases of diabetes patients (20-79 years ) in the year 2010 in India are projected to be around 50.7 million, the highest in the list of countries reported in IDF, 2009 report.
No recent study has been undertaken by Government of India to find out the number of diabetics in the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formulated a drat National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPDCS) in consultation with all Stake holders including State Governments at an estimated cost of Rs.499.38 crore, which has been considered and approved by the Expenditure Financial Committee on 8th March, 2010.
One of the major objectives of the proposed NPDCS is prevention and control of NON Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including diabetes through behavior and lifestyle change using mass media, interpersonal communication and community based activities.
This information was given by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha.
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