Kolkata, Jan 16 (IBNS): The first short feature film on juvenile diabetes, titled ‘Sankalp’ was launched in the city on Saturday evening with the aim of raising awareness about diabetes among common men as well as policy makers.
Surya Kanta Mishra, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, inaugurated the film on Saturday during a talk on ‘Diabetes Prevention and Related Disease’, organized by The Bengal Chamber and Via Media..
“For us diabetes is a great challenge; and not only diabetes, but the entire set of non communicable diseases,” Mishra said.
“Diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, cancer, are our greatest fear, all these are some how related with each other. These are mainly for the change of lifestyle and food habits,” he added.
[ReviewAZON asin=”1569242658″ display=”inlinepost”]He stressed on the fact that the awareness of common people related to these diseases should be increased for preventing the disease.
“Awareness is one of the important ways, as it is simply difficult to manage it unless we aware people that how these can be prevented,” he added.
Nearly 70,000 children in India whose age is under 15 years are developing juvenile type 1 diabetes each year.
India has over 50 million people suffering from diabetes, the second largest number of people to suffer from the disease.
“Diabetes by itself is a growing problem, and with so many children being afflicted with juvenile diabetes,it is time to stop and think about concrete steps to take, to combat the problem. Not just hospitals and health care units, but policy makers should also come forward to rid India of its unwanted nickname-‘diabetics capital of the world,” Sanjay Prasad, CEO, Mercy Hospital said.
Speaking about the film, ‘Sankaklp’, Bappa Majumdar, senior partner, Via Media said: “ The film stitches together varies aspects related to diabetes like the symptoms, causes, health problem, psychological problems for the child , stigma, financial burden. The film is a combination of real life events and fictional dramatic settings, along with comprehensive medical information.”