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Minister of state for science Jitendra Singh releasing a handbook for diabetic children at the inauguration of the Afro-Asian Conclave on Diabetes in Children, in New Delhi on October 04. Singh promised his ministry’s support for preparing a registry of Type 1 diabetic children in India.  ©  PIB

Juvenile diabetes needs better messaging

CSR Digest News Service

New Delhi, Oct 04, 2014 06:22 PM IST

India’s preoccupation with the rapidly spreading epidemic of adult diabetes tended to overlook the 75,000 children with diabetes who needed lifelong insulin for survival, said Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state for science and technology.

Inaugurating the Afro-Asian conclave on diabetic children here today Singh said early in his career as a diabetologist he realised that the high rate of death among such children was because in many cases parents were unable to afford insulin for lifelong treatment.

Since 1996, Singh said he made it a rule to provide free insulin to every poor diabetic child who was insulin-dependent. Dozens of children who received insulin from him have since grown up, married and are employed.

Referring to the Changing Diabetes in Children (CDiC) programme launched by former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Singh urged the medical fraternity to help poor diabetic children.

He said awareness programmes for children ought to be innovative, child-friendly and capable of capturing the interest of young and adolescent minds. Insulin injections are the only viable option for survival of such children today, but the minister hoped soon oral insulin would be available.

Singh promised his ministry’s support to the initiative for helping diabetic children and also for preparing a registry of Type 1 diabetic children in the country.

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