Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
With a spurt in incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCD), the IMS and Sum Hospital, run by the Odisha-based SOA University, has been chosen to be one of the 11 countrywide centres set up to aid prevention of such ailments.
The Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Training Unit (NPTU) has been established in collaboration with the Bangalore-based St. John’s Medical College and Hospital which has opened such centres in ten other cities in different states of the country.
“Worldwide, about 20 million people suffer strokes each year while other NCDs like cancer, kidney ailments and diabetes-related problems are on the upswing,” Head of Department of Community Medicine at IMS and Sum Hospital, Prof Trilochan Sahu, said.
“The short-term objective of this venture is to educate and provide counseling on adherence to medications and lifestyle modification to high risk patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes etc. Another important objective is to create awareness among general public regarding changes needed in lifestyle,” he said.
The NPTU was inaugurated on Tuesday by Prof Sahu and Professor of Medicine, Dr BN Panda in the presence of the University’s managing member Gopabandhu Kar.
“The need is to bring in attitudinal change in patients in high risk category to opt for life style changes”, Dr Sahu said adding the program also had long term goals like creating sustainable mechanism for coordination on prevention and control of major NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and stroke.
The other aims would be to reduce risk factors of these NCDs by promoting healthy lifestyle and supportive environment and focus on prevention of such ailments, he said.