13,000 pregnant women to be screened under GDM project

Karachi: Director Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology BIDE Prof Abdul Basit on Saturday revealed that chances of developing diabetes during pregnancy is high in South Asian countries and about 10 percent of all women of the country have developed diabetes during pregnancy time period.

He expressed these views while launching the three-year Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Prevention & Control Program, Pakistan a joint project of World Diabetes Foundation and Baqai Institute of Daibteology & Endocrinology. Dr Asmat Nawaz, Dr Shahbeen Naz Masood and Dr Musarrat Riaz were also present on this occasion.

The main objective of this three-year of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus GDM Program is to create awareness in the community, regarding GDM to train health care professionals in prevention, screening, diagnosis and management of GDM.

Prof Basit said 6.6 million people were suffering from diabetes in the country and number of patients would reach 11.4 million in 2030. He said there is more chance of developing diabetes among 7.1 million people in Pakistan in near future. He said positive daily activities like exercise, control on increasing weight and change in nutrition is easy way to save women from developing diabetes during pregnancy.

Dr Shahbeen Naz Masood said there is big chance of developing the diabetes among those children whose mother had have diabetes. She informed that cases of developing diabetes during pregnancy were increasing day by day in the country. She advised the people for conducting proper screening of every pregnant women to save children and mother from this disease.

Dr Musarrat Riaz said lack of physical activity and culture of heavy nutrition in pregnancy is also major factor behind increasing number of diabetic women in the country. She stressed the importance of timely diagnose of diabetes and proper management of patients during pregnancy.

Dr Asmat Nawaz informed that about 13000 pregnant women would be passed through screening process under GDM project in Sindh province.