Koraput: The district headquarters hospital (DHH) at Koraput and the sub-divisional hospital (SDH) of Jeypore in the district have been equipped with the sophisticated HbA1c analysers for accurate assessment of glycemic or blood sugar level in people.
District health officials said contrary to the conventional methods of testing fasting blood sugar and post-prandial glucose, which give the level on the particular day, HbA1c measures average plasma glucose concentration over a prolonged period up to three months. This will enable the doctors to assess the blood sugar level among people and initiate appropriate treatment and medical care.
With the help of HbA1c analyser when the blood sugar level over a duration is found, the doctor can ascertain if the patient has achieved glycemic control or not and also is he or she is at risk of developing complications, said Arun Padhi, additional district medical officer (public health) Koraput. The test report will be helpful in treating the patient, he said.
Hence, with the availability of the HbA1c analyser in the district, patients are no longer required to be referred to big hospitals or medical colleges for these tests. While doing the test at private clinics and other cities is much costly, at the hospitals in Koraput and Jeypore it could be done by paying only Rs 200, Padhi said.
According to official records, around 10% of the Koraput population are affected with diabetes. During 2015-16, as many as 1,00,186 people, including 57,138 females, were screened for suspected diabetes, of which 8,920, including 4,245 females, were found to be diabetic.
The district administration is hopeful that with advanced diabetes diagnosis equipment, the disease can be checked in rural areas. The administration has chalked out an ambitious plan to screen more people in rural areas by conducting special health camps at the 14 block headquarters and four urban areas of the district. Apart from other health tests, the blood glucose level of people attending the health camps will be conducted and those found with high sugar level will be referred either to the DHH or the SDH for detailed diagnosis and treatment, said collector (Koraput) Jaya Kumar V.