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Mass screening to be held for cancer, diabetes in three districts

Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal in Garhwal region and Nainital in Kumaon region will see health camps conducted under the aegis of the National Health Mission. The population-based screenings will be held for identifying five common NCDs high blood pressure, diabetes and three types of cancers - oral cavity, breast and cervix.

dehradun Updated: Jul 07, 2017 20:52 IST
Neha Pant
Participants attend a workshop in Dehradun on Friday ahead of mass screenings to be held for identifying non-communicable diseases in three districts.
Participants attend a workshop in Dehradun on Friday ahead of mass screenings to be held for identifying non-communicable diseases in three districts. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

DEHRADUN: Mass screening will be held for the people above the age of 30 years in three districts for early diagnosis and timely treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes.

Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal in Garhwal region and Nainital in Kumaon region will see health camps conducted under the aegis of the National Health Mission. The population-based screenings will be held for identifying five common NCDs high blood pressure, diabetes and three types of cancers - oral cavity, breast and cervix.

A sensitization workshop was held in Dehradun on Friday in which chief medical officers, medical superintendents and officials associated with non communicable diseases control programme of all districts were briefed about the campaign. The workshop will be followed by training of health workers, who will conduct field visits for screening individuals.

During the workshop, experts highlighted how NCDs do not exhibit symptoms until complications arise, and hence the early detection of such diseases was important for preventing and controlling them on time. “Front line health workers will visit from door-to-door and fill up a checklist of all people above 30 years by asking information for identifying if they are suffering from or are vulnerable to any of the above diseases,” NHM director (national programmes) Dr RS Aswal told Hindustan Times on the sidelines of the workshop.

“Based on their scores indicating vulnerability, the health workers will motivate them to the visit the nearest health facility for detailed tests.The population thus found to be positive will in turn be referred to higher-level health facilities for confirmation and further treatment.”

Persons at risk will be advised about healthy lifestyle to prevent the onset of NCDs.

According to the Union ministry of health and family welfare, NCDs account for over 60% of all mortality in India. In the first phase of the screening campaign, a total of 100 districts were chosen across the country, out of which three are in Uttarakhand. Apart from the screenings, awareness activities will be held under the move to sensitize locals to visit the nearest health centres and get themselves checked on their own for such diseases on a regular basis once they cross 30 years.