India is diabetic capital of the world: Keith Vaz


 The UK Member of Parliament, Mr Keith Vaz, who is of Goan origin, on Sunday said that India is the diabetic capital of the world with around 70 million people currently suffering from diabetes.
Mr Vaz, who is the founder member of the diabetes charity – Silver Star, was speaking as a guest at the Apollo Victor Hospital in Margao after handing over a mobile diabetic clinic to Dr Robert D’Costa, the medical director of Apollo Victor Hospital, in the presence Silver Star trustee, Ms Valanka Alemao and CMD of Alcon Victor Group, Mr Alcon Victor Alburquerque.
Mr Vaz said that the hospital would provide free service to the diabetic patients in the state. “We want to ensure that we do not only raise awareness on diabetes, but also treat those who are ill,” he said.
Mr Vaz said that by tying up with Apollo Victor, Silver Star aims at providing services to a larger number of people in Goa. “Creating awareness on diabetes, testing and providing care to millions of people in the UK and India is our motto,” said Mr Vaz adding that the number of diabetes cases is on the rise in Goa and that we need to act now.
The British MP said that people should be made aware of the dangers of the disease and how it affects all the major organs of the body. He said symposiums and awareness programmes will be held in the villages of the entire state with proper planning by doctors of the Apollo Victor Hospital.
This is Silver Star’s fourth sponsored mobile clinic after sponsoring such clinics in Mumbai, London and Leicester. Mr Vaz said that the fifth such vehicle would be provided to the national capital city of New Delhi. [NT]