Bhubaneswar: The walkathon at RSSDI 2017 saw participation from over 500 doctors and other healthcare professionals. The walkathon concluded the 3-day-long 45th annual meet of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) which was supported by Novo India .
Attended by around 7000 doctors from across India, the meet was themed ‘A world free of diabetes burden’, and was inaugurated by Shri Pratap Kumar Jena, Hon. Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Law and Dr Shaukat Sadikot, President International Diabetes Federation as Guest of Honour.
Dr Jayant Panda Organizing Secretary, RSSDI said: “To address the diabetes endemic, it is essential that all stakeholders come together to brainstorm and devise strategies to counter the growing threat of diabetes while actively spreading the message of healthy living.”
Commenting on the association of Novo Nordisk with the event, Mr Melvin D’souza, Managing Director, Novo Nordisk India said: “The diabetes challenge in India is growing at a significant pace. We at Novo Nordisk are focused on supporting continuous medical education events like these for ensuring the doctors are updated with the latest medical advancements in diabetes care. This will help people with diabetes get advised on the best diabetes care and treatment.”
India is home to 69.2 million people with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation and in the absence of any coordinated efforts, the numbers are expected to rise to 123.5 million by 2040, with diabetes making India one of the countries with the largest population of people with diabetes.