Mr Nadda also released the WHO Global Report on Diabetes
A consultation, organized by the WHO Country for India in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, on the occasion of the World Health Day 2016 made a strong call to all stakeholders to scale-up prevention, strengthen care and enhance surveillance to beat diabetes.
Among other stakeholders and dignitaries, present on the occasion were Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW); Mr Shripad Naik, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare and Minister of State (IC), AYUSH; Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (IC), Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space; Mr B.P. Sharma, Secretary, MoHFW; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), MoHFW; Mr K. B. Agarwal, Additional Secretary, MoHFW; Dr Arun Panda, Additional Secretary, MoHFW; Mr C.K. Mishra, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, MoHFW; Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General Health Services; Mr Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary, MoHFW and Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India.
The Union Health Minister Mr J.P. Nadda highlighted the significance of a healthy lifestyle to combat noncommunicable (NCD) diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. He launched various mobile apps to create awareness regarding NCDs and for strengthening and empowering health workers in discharging their duties.
In her World Health Day message, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said, "Diabetes rarely makes headlines, and yet it will be the world's seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities and individuals."
The Union Health Minister also launched on the occasion a number of initiatives: ICMR India DIABetes [INDIAB] Study Phase I; Guidelines on Dialysis Centre in a PPP Mode; ‘Swasthya Bharat' Mobile Application; ‘ANMOL' ANM Online Tablet Application; ‘e-RaktKosh'; and ‘India Fights Dengue' mobile application.