Bhubaneswar, Nov 14: Today is ‘World Diabetes Day’ and the theme for this year is ‘Access to diabetes care’.
The Odisha government has emphasized the growing significance of diabetes as a major global health concern, impacting millions of individuals. Affirming its dedication, the government aims to enhance awareness about the disease, advocate for a healthier lifestyle, and ensure accessible and affordable diagnosis and treatment, contributing to the vision of a 'Sustha Odisha' (Healthy Odisha).
Expressing his commitment on World Diabetes Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared on his official handle, "On World Diabetes Day, we renew our commitment to raising awareness about the disease, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and ensuring affordable access to diagnosis and treatment for all. #SusthaOdisha"
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 63 million people worldwide will be affected by diabetes by the year 2024.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), established in Amsterdam in 195, introduced World Diabetes Day in 1991 in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. Recognized by the United Nations in 2006, November 14th is now commemorated annually as World Diabetes Day. This date coincides with the birthday of Sir Frederic Baldwin, the discoverer of insulin, and is observed in 170 countries worldwide.