Muhamma grama panchayat is taking its healthcare activities a step ahead by launching ‘Our Village, Healthy Village' project, which will aim at ensuring a totally clean, sanitised and healthy village. The project, a continuation of the various healthcare initiatives the panchayat has been implementing over the last decade, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at 4 p.m. on May 23.
Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy will inaugurate a health exhibition on the occasion while Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammedkutty and Coir Minister for Cooperation and Coir G. Sudhakaran are slated to attend the various functions being organised in connection with the project launch, panchayat president C.K. Bhaskaran told a press conference here.
Ahead of the project launch, the panchayat would organise a ‘Comprehensive Health Festival' from Wednesday that would continue till May 27. The festival would comprise sanitation programmes with the help of the public, Allopathy, Ayurveda and Homoeopathy medical camps from May 6 to 21 and health awareness family gatherings in all wards from May 7 to 11. Cultural programmes with health as the main theme will also be organised on May 17 and 18 while a painting competition will be conducted on May 20, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
A two-day State-level seminar to deliberate the various healthcare initiatives of the panchayat, to be organised under the aegis of the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), will also be part of the programmes ahead of the formal launch of the project.
Over the past 10 years, Muhamma gama pnchayat has been undertaking various healthcare projects, including the ‘Santhwanam' project to extend palliative care to the terminally-ill; the formation of a Health Task Force; a counselling centre for people with psychological issues; a blood pressure examination clinic; a filariasis care clinic; and the Mukthi project for tuberculosis patients, to name a few. A comprehensive health action plan for the entire panchayat is also being chalked out and will be ready shortly, Mr. Bhaskaran added.
Keywords: Rural Development