LAHORE Like other parts of the globe, World Diabetes Day was observed across the country including the City on Monday for raising awareness about diabetes, precautionary measures against the silent killer and responsibilities of general public. WDD 2011 theme is Diabetes Education and Prevention. According to the WHO estimates, more than 346 million people across the globe have diabetes and it is likely to double in 2030. Almost eight per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Seminars, workshops, free camps and walks were organized both at the government and private level to raise awareness about the disease and ways to lead a healthy life. In Lahore, Post Graduate Medical Institute held a walk, symposium and a free medical camp at Lahore General Hospital to mark the WDD 2011. Parliamentary Secretary Health Punjab Dr Saeed Elahi was the chief guest at the event while Principal PGMI and LGH Prof Tariq Salahuddin, Ex-Principal King Edward Medical College Dr Mehmood Ali Malik, Medical Superintendent LGH Dr Zafar Ikram, Prof Ghayyas-un-Nabi Tayyab, Diabetes Specialist Dr Imran Hassan Khan and faculty members, doctors, nurses, nurse students and a large number of citizens participated. The speakers at the symposium and walk stressed upon launching vigorous campaign to control diabetes like in the case of dengue virus. The number of diabetic patients will be doubled by 2025 if proper steps and public awareness against the disease were not ensured, they maintained. A free diabetes camp was also organised at the hospital where sugar tests of hundreds of patients were conducted free of cost. In order to maintain the data of sugar patients, a computer center was also inaugurated on this occasion. While addressing the participants, Dr Saeed Elahi said that the walk would go a along way to make the masses know how to be safe from this disease. He said that all the necessary arrangements have been made to establish PGMI Medical College which would be very helpful to facilitate the brilliant students of medical science. Principal PGMI Prof Tariq Salahuddin said that the way Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, with the dedicated and coordinated contribution by doctors and paramedical staff, defeated the dengue virus was a glorious chapter of national history. Even the Sri Lankan and Indonesian experts have recognized the spirit and talent of doctors and paramedical staff, he added. He said that Punjab government would not have to spend additional expenditure for PGMI Medical College as the institute already has necessary infrastructure. Prof Mehmood Malik, Prof Ghayyas-un-Nabi, Prof Robina Sohail, Prof Abdul Munan and others spoke on the occassion.