WHO asks India to wake up
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said India has a long way to go towards controlling the incidence of diabetes in the country, which has assumed dimensions of a 'tsunami.' Noting India has close to 41 million diabetic patients and the number is growing at a steady pace, WHO considers that the country needs to wake up to the challenge of the disease, which does not differentiate between the poor and the rich. Describing diabetes as a 'tsunami,' Pierre Lefebvre, chairman of the World Diabetes Foundation, said, "No disease has so much of an economic impact as that of diabetes." He said, "India spends only three US dollars per patient to create awareness about the disease but spends not less than $650 per person per year as medical expenditure."