Abbott signs pact with Puducherry to combat NCDs

Written by feBureau | Chennai | Updated: Mar 31 2013, 08:28am hrs
Global pharma company Abbott has signed a three-year agreement with the Puducherry government to improve awareness on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia (cholesterol-related disorders) and thyroid disorders, and implement initiatives to fight these and record their prevalence in Puducherry.

The partnership programme will reach out to Puducherry's citizens and screen/monitor over seven lakh people aged 30 or above. It will also help build the skills of local healthcare providers through continued medical education.

This partnership for integrated health management is the first of its kind to be initiated by a state government in India to capture and assess the reliable population-level screening/monitoring data. This data will help create health risk maps to forecast the burden of these NCDs, facilitate early intervention and, ultimately, help reduce disease burden in Puducherry.

The Puducherry government will provide the infrastructure, necessary permissions and logistical arrangements to run the project, while Abbott will provide subsidised diagnostics, educational support to healthcare providers, patient awareness material and conduct diet guidance camps.