Selfie stand to street play: New modes of spreading awareness on World Diabetes Day

Spreading awareness on World Diabetes Day - 334

Even after 100 years of the discovery of insulin, millions of people globally with diabetes cannot access the care they need, as per UNO. In 2014, 422 million adults were living with diabetes compared to 108 million in 1980. The number of diabetes patients rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. UNO further stated that in 2019, diabetes and kidney disease due to diabetes caused an estimated 2 million deaths. Every year 14th November is celebrated as World Diabetes Day to spread awareness of this deadly disease among the common people.

On World Diabetes Day, students from the Department of Allied Health Sciences walked in an awareness rally explaining why diabetes should be treated early and how a delay in treatment can prove to be fatal! A spectacular performance was also put up by the students through a street play to spread awareness on diabetes treatment.

The students also resorted to a unique strategy for awareness. A selfie stand highlighting important trivia regarding the ill effects of diabetes and precautions was put up at the auditorium where a seminar on 'Total Quality Management in Healthcare' took place. Dr. Mitadru De Sarkar, Laboratory Head and Quality In-Charge, Calcutta Heart Clinic and Hospital; Dr. Soma Gupta, HOD, Department of Biochemistry, NRS Medical College; Dr. Arindam Chakraborty, Consultant Microbiologist, FORTIS Hospital and Dr. Priyanka Dutta, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, NRS Medical College spoke about different issues related to diabetes at the seminar.

The students also took part in a poster competition that focused on various diabetes-related issues.