Chennai, November, 2017: Creating a record in India by lighting Blue to various iconic buildings for the Ninth consecutive year, M.V Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram hosted the celebration this year on the eve of World Diabetes day by illuminating Swami Vivekananda House, today. The show created awareness among the public especially women in Chennai about Diabetes and with strong visual element to attract attention to the diabetic cause
The theme of International Diabetes Federation for World Diabetes Day 2017 is to focus on ‘Women & Diabetes – Our right to a healthy future’. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.
Dr. Vijay Viswanathan, Head and Chief Diabetologist, M.V. Hospital for Diabetes and Prof. M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre, Royapuram, Chennai said, that studies at Prof. M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre had shown that women with Diabetes fare badly compared to men and have poor control of diabetes compared to men in India.
Each year on World Diabetes day, M.V Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram chooses to light iconic buildings in blue. Accountant General Office, Queen Mary’s College, Higgin Botham’s (Books Emporium), Napier Bridge, Chennai Central Railway station, Ribbon Building, LIC Building and Light house were some of the noted Chennai landmarks which were beamed blue during the past.
With historic association of Swami Vivekananda with the Chennai city’s renowned heritage building, ‘Swami Vivekananda House’ which faces the marina beach went in blue which is the universal colour of diabetes. The blue lights created a fascinating night scene and created more honour to this historic landmark.