In a major move to offer expert medical support to people suffering from diabetic-related health issues, Kerala government is opening diabetic clinics under the name “360 degree metabolic centres” in all districts in the state.
According to health department officials, the metabolic centres will offer medical services to detect and control health issues such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy and peripheral neuropathy.
Through the metabolic centres, the state health department is aiming at providing all-round diabetic care under a single window and preventing onset of complications in patients with diabetes.
Officials said the decision to set up the metabolic centre in all districts was taken after the 360 degree metabolic centre, opened on an experimental basis at Ernakulam General Hospital, was found to be efficient. An official release said in addition to diabetes and blood pressure, the centres will conduct kidney efficiency tests, screening of diabetes affecting eyes and legs, pulmonary function test and diet counselling.
A study conducted by ICMR, in association with Indian Institute of Diabetes, has found that the control rate of diabetes in Kerala was at 16 per cent. About nine lakh people have been diagnosed with diabetes through the Lifestyle Disease Control Programme implemented by the state government. Setting up of 360 degree metabolic centres in all districts will help in early detection, control and treatment of complications arising out of diabetes.