New Delhi: A low cost testing device which promises to be a boon for diabetic patients by detecting their sugar level in less than a minute with much lesser amount of blood will be available in the next six to 12 months, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said today.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, he said the Indian Council for Medical-supported research in IIT, Mumbai, and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, had developed two devices and testing strips for the estimation of blood glucose.
"These devices would be available to people in the next six to 12 months," Azad said.
Testing blood sugar levels from this device will take just about a minute and may cost less than Rs 2 and require 1,000 times less blood than what glucose meters currently use, official sources said.
This rapid test will be a blessing for India in meeting its target of screening all people above 30 years of age for diabetes in the coming years.
Explaining the steps taken by his ministry to ensure easy availability of necessary medicines and devises to people at an affordable cost, Azad told the Lok Sabha that glucometers, glucostrips and lancets are provided to NCD clinics and 5.33 crore persons have been screened. About 6.13 percent of them suspected to have diabetes.
Updated Date: Feb 07, 2014 21:07 PM