1991, a group of doctors from Delhi having special interest
in diabetes met together to discuss the cause of growing
no. of diabetics in the world particularly in india.
Shri Sunil Mehra now in Eli Lilly Co. was instrumental
in bringing these doctors together. Dr. M.P.
Aggarwal HOD Diabetes Dept. Safdarjung Hospital , Dr. S.K.
Wangnoo Endocrinologist Apollo Hospital , Dr. A.K. Jhingan
from State Bank Of India , Dr. Ashok Sharma from Escorts
Heart Institute, Dr. V.K.Gujral Diabetologist National
Heart Institute, Dr. B.M.Makkar, Dr. Rajiv Gupta practicing
diabetes in different areas of Delhi formed Delhi
Diabetic Forum, (DDF) and decided to make the abdominal
organ pancreas its logo.
The Members of DDF could be any one, whether doctor paramedic
or any one from public who is interested to work for
diabetes and to bring awareness about diabetes & its
complications. Diabetes patients were also enrolled
The Aims & Objectvies were decided: screening of populations
for diabetes, diabetes Education to patients & public through
various means, their rights & responsibility, CME Doctors
& Paramedics. Research etc. were some of the aims and so
also to mobilize the society, Govt. organization &
Pvt. organizations for concessions to the members
of the forum.
Rules & regulations were framed and the forum was registered
under societies Act 1860 vide letter no.S-23251
Registered office was decided to be at 39/17, Old Rajinder
Nagar, New Delhi-110060 at Dr. M.P.Agarwal's Residence.
Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Gujral, Dr. A.K.Jhingan, Dr. Sharma
were designed as president, Gen. Secy. And Finance
secy., while other doctors above were the members,
Shri Alok Kumar Advocate, Dr. H.K.Agarwal, Dr. Shyam
Sunder and Dr. S.P.Puri were added in the first
list of the governing body of Members.
Constitution of Forum was framed which was subsequently
registered as above.
for Doctors members
In subsequent years, DDF started many activities. Big
Diabetes Camps for public, seminar and symposium for
doctors, training for paramedics were organized in various
institutions and parts of Delhi
Dr. M.P.Agarwal , Dr. V.K.Gujral , Dr. Rajiv Gupta were
elected as presidents between 1991 to 2003, each for
different length of years.
number of members as doctors increased gradually. Noida
Diabetic Forum, Gurgaon Diabetic Forum were subsequently
established on the same pattern as DDF and so also Agra
and Mathura Diabetic Forum.
From 1991 November onwards every year World Diabetes day
is being celebrated by DDF in the form of big camp , or
diabetic melas in various parts of Delhi where free blood
sugar testing, various check-up and other test like ECG,
Echo Cardiography, Biothesiometry etc. and consultation
by diabetologists & by other specialists are given. Each
mela is attended by hundreds of Diabetics . Stall and
Diet Exhibition etc. are special attractions in these
Diabetes Day – 14th November
Education to the patients by slides is given by senior
doctors. Patients queries are answered and they are
also given training how to take insulin with syringes,
pens etc. They also learn SMBG (Self Monitoring of Blood
Glucose) testing with Glucometer. Thus the patients
are made self sufficient to party manage diabetes themselves.
At times walk and race by diabetic patients are arranged
to highlight the importance of Exercise & Walk.
For last 12 years DDF is organizing diabetic camps on
regular basis in Delhi. Noida and Gurgaon on every Sunday
of the month at 5 or 6 fixed places, free blood sugar
testing consultation by Diabetologist and diabetes education
is being imparted to Diabetic patients. Thus the poor
patients can take advantage of these regular free check-up
camps and follow up their disease every month free of
charge at the same place on fixed day usually (Sunday)
of every month.
The DDF organises CME for Doctors every alternate month
where a specific topic on diabetes is discussed along
with relevant case presentation. In the month of April
every year Annual Update on Diabetes (DIABCON) is organised.
In this Update doctors from all over the country come
& discuss the latest trends in the management of Diabetes.
This year this will be the 15th Update.
& Paramedical Staff
DDF has been instrumental in training of Nursing & other
paramedical staff in form of lectures, Demonstrations
& Workshops etc. for the better patient care of Diabetics.