Centre appeals doctors to give free insulin for poor kids

The appeal was made by Union minister Jitendra Singh to doctors
New Delhi: Please provide free insulin to juvenile diabetic patients belonging to an economically weak background, was an appeal made today by Union minister Jitendra Singh to doctors.
Pitching for approximately 75,000 juvenile diabetic patients, Mr Singh, a practising doctor himself, said a high rate of death among such children was mainly due to inability of their parents to afford insulin for their lifelong treatment.
Taking a leaf out from his professional history, Singh said ever since 1996, he made it a rule to provide free insulin to every destitute diabetic child who was insulin-dependent.
Till date, there are dozens of such children who have received free insulin from him, some of whom have since grown up, married and are now employed, Mr Singh said at his inaugural address at the Afro-Asian conclave on diabetes in children organised by Novo Nordisk Education Foundation.
Mr Singh appealed to all the medical practitioners to adopt this approach.
( Source : PTI )
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