In what could be considered a unique service, the BMC has decided to launch an online directory to keep a tab on diabetes patients registered with its dispensaries.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar said the directory is expected to be launched by the beginning of next year. "We will create a database of patients visiting municipal dispensaries. We will have details of the person’s health status from the day he/she registers and we will keep a watch on them," said Mhaiskar.
The civic body also plans to increase the number of dispensaries from 28 in 2011 to 55 this year. They will carry out door-to-door surveys to trace diabetic patients in slum/chawl areas. The survey is expected to be completed by December 31. Awareness campaigns will also be held at work places and community health care centres. There are also plans to hold Sunday camps and screen films to spread awareness.