Health scheme screens over 17 million people

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) A total of 17,019,476 people have been screened for diabetes and hypertension under a scheme launched by the government in 100 districts of the country, officials said here Monday.

Out of the total number of people screened under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) scheme, 7.18 percent were found to have suspected diabetes and 6.57 percent had hypertension, health ministry officials said Monday.

NPCDCS is being implemented in 100 districts across 21 states.

The districts have been selected keeping in account their backwardness, inaccessibility and poor health indicators, the officials said.

Under the programme, health clinics are functional in 62 districts and 50 community health centres clinics are operational in seven districts.

Cardiac care units are functional in 39 districts.

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