PORVORIM: As per directives of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary (GBSHSE) has asked schools to allow students with type 1 diabetes to carry to exam halls their small mid-day snacks, diabetes medicines and portable equipment to test sugar levels henceforth.
According to data from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas 2021, India has the world’s highest number of children and adolescents suffering from Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (IDM), with more than 2.4 Lakhs children and adolescents (age group 0-19 years) in south-east Asia (SEA region).
“The TID Index has estimated, however, that there are 8.75 million persons with TID in India alone. Persons with TIDM require 3-5 injections of insulin every day, along with 3-5 blood sugar tests every day, for a lifetime,” the circular states.
It further states that the Absence or disruption of standard care affects their physical and mental well-being and can even be fatal.
Children and adolescents living with TIDM face several challenges, which are made worse by inadequate medical care and/ or inadequate medical supplies
Keeping in view, NCPCR, under section (13) (1) of the CPCR Act, 2005, has taken cognizance of the petitions received from parents of children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes or Type 1 diabetes in the country.
As children spend one-third of the day in school, therefore it is the duty of schools to ensure that children with TIDM are provided with proper care and required facilities.
“Looking at the current situation, there seems an urgent need or some more efforts to help improve the quality of life of these children” it states.