Sunshine Healthcare, CMC to conduct free diabetes screening
Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd. (SHL) partnered the Colombo Municipal
Council (CMC) to conduct free diabetes screening for people from
low-income groups, as part of SHL's long-standing Seeni Mar' community
initiative to combat, prevent and raise awareness of diabetes.
Around 170 people were present for the diabetes screening at
Stacepura to coincide with the World Diabetes Day (November 14).
Many people with diabetes and pre-diabetes symptoms were identified
through screening and offered guidance on the future course of action.
The joint screening program was initiated by SHL and the CMC in
response to statistics which indicate that diabetes prevalence and
deaths due to diabetes appear to be sharply on the rise in Sri Lanka and
the condition is especially a concern among those from low-income groups
who lack the knowledge and the resources to effectively combat and
According to the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka, 4.3 million Sri
Lankans - approximately one-fifth of the population - suffer from
diabetes and prediabetes. Diabetes and heart disease account for 30% of
overall deaths in the country and claim the lives of 100 Sri Lankans