GUWAHATI, Nov 6 � The North Eastern Diabetes Society (NEDS) will hold a prize-money marathon competition here on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day on November 14.
Along with the rest of the world, NEDS will observe the Day here in the city with a day-long programme. Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Sanjib Medhi, the general secretary of the Society, a non-profit organization of prominent Diabetologist and Endocrinologist of North East informed that the Day has been observing all over the world since 1991 to create awareness among the masses to prevent the spread of this great pandemic.
Along with the marathon, from the Rudra Singha Sports Complex, Dispur to the District Library through RG Baruah Road, Chandmari, Guwahati Club, NEDS also intends to organise a balloon release ceremony at the Dighalipukhuri, Diabetes Detection and Awareness Meet, quiz competition among school children, poster competition etc., at District Library.
Dr Medhi stated that upto half of the patients with diabetes remain undiagnosed, also for every one person diagnosed there are 3 to 4 persons in the prediabetes stage and here lies the role of Health Care Professionals, NGO and the society at large, to act and prevent them from marching towards diabetes.
He appealed the masses to have physical activities for at least 30 minutes in five days a week. He also mentioned that running or jogging is the best way to keep fit. The marathon competition carries a prize-money of Rs 20,000 for the winner, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 for the second and third position holders respectively.
Dr Rupam Das, NEDS treasurer and other members � Dr Santosh Adhikari, Dr Bikash Bhattacharjee, Dr PK Biswas, Dr Kaustav Kr Das and Dr Dinesh Agarwal were also present in the press conference and they also urged the people to join the marathon which will definitely help in creating awareness in maintaining a good health.
The NEDS since its inception in 1995 has taken several steps to contain this epidemic by organising diabetes detection camps, awareness camps and imparting training to health care professionals and doctors.