Mangalore, September 15, 2014: District Health and Family Welfare Society will launch the ‘National Urban Health Campaign’as well as health booths and mobile units will be launched Mangalore alon with Bangalore, Mysore and bagalkot on October 25th.
Addressing the media at the zilla panchayat office in Mangalore, Minister for health and family welfare U T Khadar said, ’I want to make Mangalore city the healthiest city in India, along with Ullal constituency, Bagalkot, Bangalore and Mysore cities’.
Five health booths will open in Mangalore and four in Ullal. These booths mainly cater to the health needs of labourers. Health booths will be installed wherever there is a large demand. Jyothi Nagar, Pachanady, State Bank and Bunder areas are the main targets as of now.
He further said that, Ten primary health centres (PHC) will be opened, among which some would be upgrades of existing PHCs. The new PHCs will open in Kunjathbail, Shakthinagar, Neereshwalya, Padil, Bejai and Yekkur. PHCs in Suratkal, Kulai, Bengre and Jeppu are upgraded. The local MLA or corporators will look after the PHCs and a woman SC/ST representative and an representative from an NGO will work in each of the PHCs”.
To keep malaria under control in city, U T Khadar suggested the idea of organizing a ‘Health Day’ each week. On Health Day everyone should clear the stock water which has been stagnant for more than a week. Everyone’s participation is required. We will convene a meeting to discuss more about Health Day and spread awareness”.
Answering the media, Khadar said that the National Urban Health Campaign is a five-year plan. “Next year our plan is to include 12 more cities and make them the healthiest cities. In the next five years we want to include all the cities”.
Initiating a few programmes during Dasara festival in Mysore, Khadar said, “Dasara is nearing and I want to initiate a few programmes. During the Dasara festive season, in Mysore, yoga classes will be organised for government hostel students and also held in 45 selected hotels.”
Mayor of Mangalore City Corporation Mr Mahabala Maarla, Deputy Mayor Kavitha, MLA J R Lobo, ZP CEO Tulasi Maddineni, A C Renuka Prasad- KAS, district officer, Backward Class Development Board and others were also present.