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Home Lifestyle Miscellaneous Merck joins Maharashtra University to celebrate the World Diabetes Day

Merck joins Maharashtra University to celebrate the World Diabetes Day

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Rasha Kelej, VP, Head of Global Business Responsibility and Market Development,Merck Serono, speaking at the event.Merck supports free diabetes screening for more than 15,000 community members.


Mumbai. Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical, chemical and life-science sectors, has rolled out its Diabetes awareness and prevention campaign in collaboration with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in order to improve diabetes awareness and community health level in India.

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day (WDD), Merck is supporting Diabetes awareness at 15 medical colleges in Maharashtra, aiming to screen and educate more than 15,000 community members across Maharashtra state. Dubbed ‘Get Informed- Get Active- Get Healthier’, the campaign aims to reverse this worrying trend by preventing or delaying the development of diabetes in the Indian population.

Rasha Kelej, Vice President, Head of Global Business Responsibility and Market Development of Merck Serono emphasised, “Supporting Diabetes education and Diabetes community outreach programs of the University will contribute significantly to improving awareness, early diagnosis and prevention of the disease across India”.

Merck has provided the necessary support to conduct Diabetes free screening and education to each medical college in Maharashtra University of Health Sciences during the week of the WDD to raise awareness about diabetes and empower community members on how to better manage and prevent the disease.

Dr. Manisha Mhaiskar, Secretary of Medical Health Science emphasised, “The cost of managing diabetes is enormous and places a huge burden on already strained healthcare system. The lack of awareness on disease symptoms makes many diabetes patients to be diagnosed late when they have already developed complications such as blindness, foot ulcers or gangrene, heart diseases among others. There is a strong, new argument that by combining screening to find pre-diabetes and early diabetes, along with management aimed to keep glucose levels as close to normal as possible, we can change the natural history of the disease and improve the lives of our patients. Hence, I urge all Indians to get screened and be active in order to get healthier”.

Merck Diabetes Capacity Advancement Program (CAP) is a 5 year program which was kicked off in India last month.

Prof. Arun Jamkar, Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, MUHS emphasised, “This Diabetes education and awareness program aim to provide awareness, guidelines and clinical practice for prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes and its complications for Maharashtra community members and medical undergraduates of the 18 medical colleges in Maharashtra university.”

Padamshree Prof. Shashank Joshi, The president of Association of Physicians of India (API) said, “WDD focuses this year on healthy living and diabetes, therefore it's time for Indians to eat a healthy traditional low caloric breakfast and do adequate physical activity to control diabetes and stay away from modern fast foods as well as sedentary habits.”


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