Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scientists to develop affordable diabetes test strips

NEW DELHI, November 9, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Scientists in India are working on developing a more affordable test strips for diabetes patients, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"Diabetes is highly prevalent in the country and the strip to measure sugar level is imported as it is patented abroad and it costs Rs 30. We have now assigned the task to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to develop a strip for diabetes," the Minister told reporters at a function to mark the centenary of ICMR.

India has an estimated 50.8 million people living with diabetes, the world\'s largest population of diabetics.

Appreciating the scientists and pharmaceutical companies in India for developing the vaccine for the H1N1 within a year of the outbreak, the Minister said only two years ago when H1N1 was spreading even the reagent to test the disease had to be imported from America. Later when it came to the vaccine for the disease, we had to import that from abroad as well, he said.

\"But then we gave ICMR the task to develop the vaccine for H1N1, within one year and I am proud that within one year our scientists and pharmaceutical companies developed the vaccine for H1N1,\" he said.

Mr Azad also thanked the Prime Minister for granting his request on formation of a Group of Ministers (GoM) on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis that has struck eastern Uttar Pradesh.

"I had written a letter to the Prime Minister that the Health Ministry and the state government on their own cannot handle this problem," he said, adding the GoM will meet this week itself.

"Since it is a water borne disease, spreads due to malcontents in the water, the state government, the Health Ministry, Water Resources Ministry , Drinking Water Ministry, Social Justice, for the rehabilitation of the differently abled, Women and Child Ministry need to work together," he said.

Mr Azad also presented awards to 33 scientists on the occasion.

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