The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay recently held a technological festival at its campus – Techfest – on Sunday where a record one lakh participants for diabetes.
Titled “Can U Really Escape Diabetes” (CURED), it attracted the Limca Book of Records and Guinness World Records to oversee the event, the report said.
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According to a news report in The Asian Age, Karan Mehta, media manager, Techfest 2016, said, “With the number of people with diabetes increasing exponentially and a majority of patients unaware even if they are affected by the same, it is of utmost importance to make the masses aware about diabetes,” adding that the second largest diabetic population in the world resides in India, as claimed by a WHO study.
Mehta said that it was due to this fact that the institute held the camp for diabetes, in collaboration with Rotary District 3141 and Gadge Diabetes Care. “People could get a diabetes check-up done for free, along with getting free consultation from doctors, at every camp, which included the 100 camps in Mumbai as well as 20 camps each in Ajmer and Jabalpur and 40 camps in total in the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Noida,” Mehta is reported by The Asian Age to have said.
The festival is held on an annual basis at IIT-Bombay. One-hundred-and-eighty camps were put up to screen people for diabetes across Mumbai at various location such as BMRC and railway stations, residential areas, shopping arcades, Mumbai airport and other public places, includes the institute’s Powai campus, The Asian Age reported.
Guinness registered the event for a most number of people signing pledge cards in a single day, while the Limca Book noted the event for the most number of check-ups for diabetes in one day, the report said.
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