Realizing the growing burden and challenge of diabetes coupled with cardiovascular diseases in the state, Kolkata municipal Corporation(KMC) along with Kolkata Diabetes and Endocrinology forum, Public Health Foundation of India and Chellaram Diabetes Institute (Pune) on Tuesday announced the adoption of Advanced Certificate course in prevention and Management of Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease (ACMDC) for Municipal medical officers of KMC.
The aim is to develop core skills and competencies for selected 15 doctors of KMC to build their capacity to address management , counselling, refferal and prevention of diabetes and cardio vascular diseases. KMC has become the first Municipal Corporation of India to adopt this unique initiative to train medical officers in the area of cardio-diabetology.
Speaking on the occasion Sovon Chatterjee, Mayor WB, said, “To ‘know’ Diabetes is ‘No’ to Diabetes. With this initiative KMC has added another feather to its cap. Diabetes is a silent killer and damages various organs in our body.” He further said that there is an urgent need to build capacity in the Municipal doctors with latest progression in this area as with exploding population and changing lifestyle these diseases have emerged as a serious health threat.
Atin Ghosh, MIC health, said, “ KMC is also working towards curbing non- communicable diseases. Another thing which KMC has kept in mind is to make every unit economically viable so that we can give more services.”
The Mayor lauded the efforts of PHFI, which has earlier, through its certificate course, trained Municipal doctors with cutting- edge international and national trainings.
He congratulated Kolkata Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum and especially Tirthankar Chaudhury, for his unhindered support to KMC towards fighting the menance of Diabetes in all forms. He also welcomed Chellaram Diabetes Institute for partnering towards this initiative to take Diabetes management and public health to a new high in the city.