'Govt scheme can succeed if it reaches remote areas'

'Govt scheme can succeed if it reaches remote areas'

DK district administration celebrates World Health Day

A government health scheme can succeed only when it reaches the remotest place.

There is a need to organise more health camps in naxal infected areas and hence try to bring in societal balance and development, said Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash after inaugurating the World Health Day celebrations at Zilla Panchayat in Mangalore on Friday.

The Health department organises ‘Koraga Arogya Mela’ every year. However, this should not be a one-day camp, instead should continue throughout the year in every Primary Health Centre, he said.

“Our society has always given importance to men. Our societal norms itself ensure that men take care of their health. Sadly, this is not the same in the case of women. There is a need to pay more importance towards the health of the women, who are known to neglect themselves for the sake of their family,” he said.

He also added that the Dakshina Kannada district has better health indicators such as low infant mortality rate, low maternity deaths, low birth rate in comparison to other districts in the state.

“DK district is known for doing quiet well in the fields of education and Health. However, cases of malnourished children is being reported,” said Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda presiding over the programme.

“Malnourishment occurs not just due to the lack of nutrition, the mother’s health while carrying the child severely also affects the child’s health. Health department has the responsibility of creating awareness,” he said. He also stressed that girls below 18 should not be married, as it affects the health of the child they bear.

Speaking on the occasion, District Health Officer Dr O R Srirangappa said that the World Health day is actually celebrated on April 7. However, the programme was postponed. The theme for 2012, World Health day is ‘Good Health adds life to years,’ he said.

The DHO also stressed on the importance of geriatric care and added that the aged should be respected and looked after with love. District-level awards in various health categories was distributed on the occasion. Sullia taluk received the maximum number of awards. Ullal Primary Health Centre bagged the award for being the best PHC in the district. The Medical Officer of the Ullal PHC Dr Naveen Kumar won the best doctor award.

Awards

Health awards in various categories were conferred to the health care professionals in the district.

Best Junior Woman Health Assistant- Geethakumari (Naravi); Best Senior Woman Health Assistant - N L Baby (Aranthodu); Best Junior Men Health Assistant - Anwar Hussain (Punjalkatte); Senior Men Health Assistant - Lakshmangowda (Kadaba); Health Education Officer - Jyothi (Mangalore); Best Nurse- Joyce Fernandes (Ujire), Kumudha (Mulki) and Harinakshi (Mangalore); Best PHC Medical Officer- Dr Naveen Kumar (Ullal), Best Community Health Medical Officer - Dr Rashmi (Moodbidri), Best Women’s Health and Gynecologist- Dr Hemalatha K R (Sullia); Best Anesthetist Dr Karunakar K V (Sullia); Best Pediatrician Dr Krishna (Mulky); Best Taluk Health Officer Dr Subramanya (Sullia); Best District Level Programme Implementation Officer (NRHM) Dr Hemalatha B C (Mangalore); Best Laboratory Technician- Musthafa (Pudhu), Best Medicine Distributor- Shivaram (Sullia); Best Eye Assistant Jagadish (Surthkal); Best X-Ray Technician- M Shree Krishna Bhat (Puttur); Best Typist- Shalini (Mangalore); Best Driver- Abdul Karim (Mangalore); Best Group- D Employee - Hukrappa Nayak (Sullia); Best Government Hospital - Shanthi Gudda Sub Centre (Puttur); Best PHC- Ullal (Mangalore); Mangalore Taluk Best Hospital - Lady Goschen.


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