37’th Prof M Viswanathan DRC Gold Medal Oration 2023 and launch of “MV DIABEAT APP” for the convenience of people with Diabetic Foot Infection

Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, President- American Diabetes Association received the prestigious 37th edition of Prof. M. Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration Award 2023.

Chennai 11 February 2023: The MV Hospital for Diabetes and Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre Royapuram organised the 37 ‘th Prof M Viswanathan DRC Gold Medal Oration on Saturday 11 February 2022 in Chennai. A new App “MV DIABEAT” was launched by the hospital for the convenience of people with Diabetic Foot Infection during this event. By using this App it is possible for the public to consult the multi-disciplinary team at the hospital for any query related to their feet and Diabetes treatment. The App is connected to a WhatsApp number and the experts in the hospital will give an opinion on the Foot and Diabetes, This App is available in Play store.

India has gained the dubious distinction of being the world capital of diabetes, with more than 10% of its population affected by this condition. Currently, there are about 6 crore diabetic patients in India, and by 2025, this number is expected to increase to 74 million, as per IDF Atlas (10th edition). And China being the Diabetes capital. However, for every person diagnosed with diabetes there remains one who goes undetected. In Tamil Nadu, the prevalence of diabetes in urban areas is to the tune of 15-18% and in rural areas, 6-8%.

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan the Head and Chief Diabetologist at the MV Hospital for Diabetes, Said Over the past 30 years, we have developed a team here in our hospital and we are able to provide complete care of trying to improve the blood circulation to the leg, treat the infection and offload the foot with our trained in-house technicians. We have saved the legs of more than 90,000 people from a major amputation in the last 30 years, said Dr. Vijay Viswanathan.

The M V Hospital for Diabetes is conducting, at its own cost, in Chennai, the Train the Foot Trainer program for the first time in India and the South East Asia Region for training doctors in Diabetic Foot. About 100 doctors from India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Maldives have been provided air fare and accommodation and knowledge about this condition in the state-of-the-art Diabetic Foot Centre at the hospital said Dr. Vijay Viswanathan.

Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui (President- American Diabetes Association) was the Chief Guest. The Prof M Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration was delivered by Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, (President- American Diabetes Association) on the prevention and management of heart failure among people with Diabetes. Heart failure is a common condition which leads to fatigue and breathlessness. Today there are medicines which can treat heart failure very effectively and prevent frequent hospitalization she said.

Dr S. N. Narasingan Dean delivered the Welcome Address and Dr. Jayashree Gopal Associate Dean of the Institute gave the Vote of Thanks.

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