Mangalore, September 15: Minister for health and family welfare U T Khadar said, “On October 25th, the District Health and Family Welfare Society will launch the ‘National Urban Health Campaign’. I want to make Mangalore city the healthiest city in India, along with Ullal constituency, Bagalkot, Bangalore and Mysore cities”.
Speaking to the media at the zilla panchayat hall on Monday September 15th, Khadar said, “On October 25th, ‘National Urban Health Campaign’ as well as health booths and mobile units will be launched. 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 also said that, “Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) will be present in these booths. 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 Mangalore, U T Khadar suggested the idea of organizing a ‘Health Day’ each week. “Day by day malaria is threatening everyone. 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.
Invitation from WHO
World Health Organization (WHO) has invited U.T. Khader to deliver a talk on the ‘Implementation of medical schemes and problems’, in Cape Town, South Africa in a programme held from September 28th to October 2nd. WHO invites representatives from each country every year and this year, U T Khadar will be representing India.