New Delhi: Terming diabetes as a major concern for the country, Minister of State for Health Sudip Bandyopadhyay said on Thursday that if the country does not rise to the occasion to fight the disease, it could well become one of the major problems for India.

Speaking at a seminar organized by World’s largest read newspaper Dainik Jagran’s under ‘Pehel’- an initiative to improve awareness about diabetes, Bandyopadhyay opined the effort will be beneficial for creating awareness in the society.

Pehal also aims at creating awareness about the risk of diabetes among the pregnant women.

Addressing the forum, the Union Minister said, “It is believed that the diabetes is disease of old-age people. But youth and middle-aged persons are also victim of it.” 

India is home to a huge number of people suffering from the disease. As per the data collected in 2000, 3.2 crore people were diabetic and the number is likely to surge to 8.7 crore by 2030.

“The early detection is the best way to deal with the menace,” added the Health Minister.

Addressing the programme, Dainik Jagran Editor and CEO Sanjay Gupta said, “The people need to be made aware as diabetes corrodes off the body as a sweet poison. It is hard to detect its symptoms.”

Gupta reminded the famous gospel of Napoleon: “Give me healthy mothers, I will return good country.”

Showering praise on the initiative of Jagran, BJP leader and Bihar Health Minister Ashwani Kumar said, “I would like to see the campaign reaching to more places in Bihar.”

Echoing the same, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said that despite the adverse effect of diabetes, people are not changing their lifestyles.