The Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati (an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), has celebrated the World Diabetes Day 2021 on 14th November 2021with the theme “Access to Diabetes Care: if not now, when?” under the banner of 75th Year of India’s Independence-“Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsava”. IASST is celebrating the 75th year of our Independence Day, Azadi Ka Amrut Mahostav by organizing various event throughout the years. The event was organized on the occasion of National celebration of 75th year of India’s Independence- “Azaki Ka Amrut Mahotsava” via online mode. The faculty members, research scholars, postdoctoral fellows, project fellows, administrative and supporting stuff has participated in the event.
Professor Ashis Kumar Mukherjee, Director, IASST inaugurate the event with opening remarks. He has explained the evolution of diabetes and current prevalence and still necessity of systematic study and research to conquer the disease. He has opined that the millions of people with diabetes around the world do not have access to diabetes care. He invites everyone in raising awareness of the need to expand diabetes diagnosis and treatment services across the Country, as part of health system strengthening.
The event was highly enlightening as renowned Professor Uma Kaimal Saikia, Head, Department of Endocrinology, Gauhati Medical College, Assam has participated as guest of honor to deliver the invited talk on “Diabetes Mellitus-the way forward”. Prof. Saikia has explained about the seriousness of Diabetes and its complications and the way forward includes generation of awareness about the serious nature of the disease among the general public, early diagnosis of diabetes by screening in high risk groups and people with symptoms, recognition of the complications of diabetes and a logical, scientific as well as a holistic approach to the treatment of diabetes. She has explained the alarming increase in the diabetic population is a matter of public health concern and calls for measures to tackle this problem. As prevention is always better than cure, adoption of a healthy lifestyle will go a long way in reducing the burden of the disease.
The event was ended with a vote of thanks.