World Diabetes Day: November 14 ,2023

Awareness workshop on ‘Diabetes-related limb Amputations’ held

Chandigarh, November 5, 2023: ( AVAJ APKI NEWS )

To raise awareness on Diabetic Foot and Diabetes-related limb amputation, Dr Ravul Jindal, Director, Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mohali, held a one-day event on “Diabetic Foot Awareness Programme’ organised by the Vascular Society for Limb Salvage (VSLS) at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today. Dr Ravul  Jindal is also the President of VSLS.


Diabetes affects people of all ages and has become a major health concern today. To raise awareness on Diabetic Foot and its related complications, World Diabetes Day is observed on 14th November each year. The World Health Organisation’s theme of this year’s event is ‘Access to Diabetes Care.’

According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than one lakh cases of diabetes amputation were reported in the country last year. Shedding light on this, Dr Ravul Jindal, added, “Diabetes is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and PVD. The disease mainly affects people who have had diabetes for more than 10 years, uncontrolled sugar levels along with associated history of blood pressure and smoking.”

Discussing the warning signs of Diabetic Foot, Dr Jindal, added, “It causes changes to the skin or toenails, cuts, blisters, calluses or sores, discharge of fluid or pus, foul smell, pain, redness, skin discoloration, swelling etc.”

On ways to prevent Diabetes FootDr Jindal, added, “Physical activity is important as it helps lose weight. Exercise helps lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60%. Ensure to keep a tab on blood sugar level, consuming a balanced diet including vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, not walking barefoot and wearing sandals which can expose feet to splinters, concrete, or sand, as it may scrape or irritate the foot.”

Mayor of Chandigarh Anup Gupta, senior BJP leader Sanjay Tandon, Director Health Services of Chandigarh, Dr Suman Singh, IMA Panchkula President Dr Sunil Malhotra, IMA Chandigarh President Dr Gurvinder Singh, IMA Chandigarh Secretary Dr Vivek Malhotra, IMA Mohali President Dr Sanjeet Singh Sodhi, Markfed PR Officer HS Bains, Vice President of Chandigarh Rotary Sartaj Lamba, special DGP Punjab Sanjeev Kalra, Lions Club President of Mohali Amandeep, Director of Rayat Bahra GS Bahra, Harinder Pal Singh from Senior Citizen Association of Mohali and other dignitaries deliberated on ways to take care of feet to prevent amputations and to make India amputation free.

About Fortis Healthcare
Fortis Healthcare Limited – an IHH Healthcare Berhad Company – is a leading integrated healthcare services provider in India. It is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country with 28 healthcare facilities, 4,500+ operational beds (including O&M facilities) and over 400 diagnostics centers (including JVs). Fortis is present in India, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nepal & Sri Lanka. The Company is listed on the BSE Ltd and National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India. It draws strength from its partnership with global major and parent company – IHH, to build upon its culture of world-class patient care and superlative clinical excellence. Fortis employs ~23,000 people (including Agilus Diagnostics Limited) who share its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted healthcare network. Fortis offers a full spectrum of integrated healthcare services ranging from clinics to quaternary care facilities and a wide range of ancillary services.