NCD clinics functioning all over Karnataka


Non-communicable disease clinics are functional across the state, with one in every district hospital and 347 at the taluk and community health center level, says GA Srinivas, state deputy director of the National Program for the Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases. . Stroke (NPCDCS).

“Under the program it is mandatory for all people above 30 years of age to be screened once a year for diabetes and hypertension and once in five years for common cancers. At the village and sub-centre level, health workers and ASHAs, who have been trained, detect people with symptoms for initial screening. After initial screening, those who require further investigation are referred to primary health centres, taluk hospitals and district hospitals to confirm the diagnosis,” he said.

He said the clinics also provide counseling for healthy lifestyle (in terms of balanced diet, regular exercise, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco).

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