Health Department Identifies Over 4,800 Individuals with Suspected Diabetes and Hypertension Symptoms in Statewide Screening Initiative
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Written by Arushi Sharma
02 Mar, 2024
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A state health department has successfully screened over 78,000 workers for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through their "Thozhilalar Thedi Maruthuvam" program.
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Government's "Thozhilalar Thedi Maruthuvam" program identifies over 10,000 potential diabetes and hypertension cases through workplace screenings.

In a comprehensive workplace-based screening initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Health Department has successfully identified 4,868 individuals exhibiting suspected symptoms of diabetes and hypertension.

These individuals have been promptly advised to visit the nearest Primary Health Centre (PHC) for confirmation and the prescription of necessary medications.

Launched in early January, the initiative, known as ‘Thozhilalar Thedi Maruthuvam,’ is part of the larger "Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam" program aimed at screening workers across the state. To date, 78,119 individuals have been screened under this initiative, with 5,108 already diagnosed with known cases of diabetes and hypertension. The additional 4,868 individuals identified with suspected conditions during the screening process are encouraged to seek confirmation and medication prescriptions at the PHCs.
T. S. Selvavinayagam, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, emphasized the importance of the initiative, stating, "We started the initiative with an initial target of 6.35 lakh, and ultimately plan to cover around 35 lakh workers, in the organised and unorganised sectors, over a period of time."

Employers have been urged to collaborate with the Health Department to organize screening camps on their premises, ensuring that all employees, regardless of their NCD status, have the opportunity to get screened. The initiative has demonstrated that an equal number of individuals were diagnosed only after this screening compared to those who were already aware of their NCD status.

Selvavinayagam further advised annual screening for those who did not have hypertension and diabetes, emphasizing the importance of employees taking advantage of this opportunity and ensuring that their family members, particularly women aged over 30, undergo screening for cancer cervix and breast cancer in addition to hypertension and diabetes.

As the Health Department continues its proactive approach to identify and address NCDs, the screening initiative serves as a crucial step in promoting early detection, prevention, and management of diabetes and hypertension among the state's workforce.

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