For a long time now, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not diabetes can be considered fatal. The fact of the matter is that diabetes in itself is not very deadly, unless it goes undetected for a long period of time. The results of diabetes can cause some serious harm to organs such as the kidneys, the heart and the eyes. These in turn can become irreparable issues and in a lot of cases fatal.
Keeping in mind these consequences, Lions Clubs International had successfully initiated Diabetes detection camps across India and primarily in the Delhi (NCR) region.
India, now in this matter popular as the diabetes capital of the world, gave a responsible response by turning up in large numbers for the camps. Despite being in the middle of an environmental battle, Delhi gave a good response.
These camps were held from the 1st of November, 2017 to the 14th.
Lions Clubs International has embarked upon a crusade that affects 422 million individuals globally and over 69 million in India. The organisation shall continue in this endeavour of freeing the world of the shackles of this seemingly harmless disease.
On Nov 13th, 2017, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State (IC) & a renowned Diabetologist delivered a keynote speech about the repercussions of diabetes in India at an event held by LCI at the Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi.
In his speech, Dr. Singh emphasised on the importance of controlling Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among the youth of the country. The problem has gained national importance because 70% of the nation's population is under the age of 40 years. Such a threat is bound to harm the base of the vision of 'New India' initiated by PM Modi. India has been on the verge of becoming a superpower for some time, now. If a disease-led epidemic affects the youth, it might shake the foundation that has been in the works for so long. The Mobile Diabetes Centres program was inaugurated in the presence of International President, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal. These centres were developed with the support of Abhay Oswal Group and Aruna Abhay Oswal Trust.
On 13th November, 2017 international delegates including the LCI board members and International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal met at the Taj Palace, Delhi, where Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressed the audience on the importance of implementing an actionable plan to fight Diabetes in India. He also congratulated Lions for the initiative.
After officially embarking upon a crusade against this deadly disease, LCI represented by Dr. Aggarwal, made it intentions stronger and clearer by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the world’s foremost body in the area of healthcare, the WHO. Working hand in hand with Apex bodies such as the WHO is bound to yield better results. Lions International's intent is even more strengthened with this MoU signing.
The highlight of this campaign so far has been the successful attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World records by holding the world's largest lesson on diabetes awareness on the 20th of November, 2017. This is an unprecedented event and has strengthened the resolute of Lions Cubs International.
Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. TC Gehlot, in the presence of International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, addressed delegates from around the world on the issue in India at a Global seminar held on 14th November, at the Vigyan Bhavan. He also addressed the delegates on the importance of fighting Diabetes from the root level. India is now known as the Diabetes capital of the world for a reason, and that has to change. The start of this war against the disease had to be done from India.
He was awarded a 'Medal of Merit' for his contribution to the society.
A total of 5 Health Parks have been inaugurated in Delhi. These parks contain state of the art equipments to encourage a healthier way of living, starting from the heart of India.
The first one to be inaugurated was at Mahavir Vatika, SU Block, Pitampura by Lion VP NandaKumar, MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd. The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests & Climate change. Other dignitaries attending the event were Lion Dr. Naresh Aggarwal (International President, Lions Club International), Lion VK Luthra & Ms Anju Jain.
This was another step in the war against diabetes that has received an overwhelming response from people, as they take to these parks daily. Lions intend to foster a healthy way of living by initiating and building on such efforts. Here are the locations of the parks:
Lions embarked upon a crusade against diabetes, and fostering a healthy way of life is the right way to go. In this regard there are not many things that can parallel the effect of yoga. With this idea at the core of strategy, Lions set up Yoga Camps across Delhi (NCR) to combat Diabetes, starting from the capital of the country. Here are the locations of the camps: