On the occasion of World Health Day on April 7, Punjab government will organise camps in all districts as well as sub-divisional hospitals where people can get sugar level in the blood tested free of cost.
The theme of the global event is ‘Halt the rise, Beat diabetes’.
Punjab’s health and family welfare principal secretary Vini Mahajan on Wednesday said these camps would be held from 7 am to 9 am.
However, she said, patients were being tested free-of-cost for diabetes in all government hospitals on Wednesday also.
Anyone diagnosed with high/low sugar levels/diabetes would be referred to the specialists for further advice and if required, they would be given medicines free of cost.
She said as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study, the prevalence rate of diabetes in Punjab is 9.8 per cent.
Expressing concern over the rise in diabetic cases in school-going children, Mahajan said she would take up the issue with the school managements and ensure that during the periodic health check-ups in schools, diabetic screening is also done.
All government and aided schools have been covered under school health programme.