Healthcare system should move towards preventive-oriented approach:Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

Yogesh K Porwar & Sunil Lohan

* Statistics on non-communicable diseases should be collected to form a database.

Prevention-oriented approach is necessary to improve the healthcare system.For this,more awareness needs to be created among the people.

Additionally,everyone should co-operate in the collection of statistics on non-communicable diseases,Health Minister,Dr K Sudhakar said.

Speaking at the State Conference on Diabetes organized by KRSSDI,Minister Sudhakar said,“The healthcare system needs to change from a hospital-centric approach to a home-centric approach through the use of modern technologies.There has to be a shift from a doctor-centric to a patient-centric system,he added.

Awareness and preventive measures are necessary to improve the health system further.Information, education,and communication will benefit people more.

Although Karnataka has progressed in health,it lags behind in maternal mortality and infant mortality. Awareness programs are necessary for this, Minister Sudhakar said.

More than 8 thousand health and wellness centers have been opened in the state.Non-communicable disease screening has been increased in these centers.

By this accurate data related to NCDs is being collected.Doctors should also cooperate in the collection of correct data.

Many people do not realize how important activities like exercise,walking etc.are and diabetes is on the rise due to this,Minister Sudhakar said.

Lack of sleep,regular exercise and a good diet can lead to diabetes.It is very sad that India is now the epicenter of diabetes and we have earned the infamous reputation of being called the diabetes capital of the world.

In the modern world,there has been a great change in the diet.Although we are seeing a development,if we look at it from the health point of view,it seems that we are moving backward.

The fact that the life expectancy is now more than 60 years shows the progress made in health infrastructure.

But how well we live is more important than how long we live.If you live on dialysis for 10 more years, would you be able to consider it a positive development?

The number of dialysis cycles has increased from 30,000 to 60,0000 per day in government hospitals. It can be said that more than 1 lakh processes are going on if private hospitals are also included.

This is an alarming number. Due to all these reasons, priority has been given to the management of non-communicable diseases, Minister Sudhakar said.