U.T. Khader says a majority of 1,500 letters cited ‘family illness’

Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader on Sunday regretted erosion of values among students and called for bringing ethics to the centre stage of education system.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 16 Slice Big Bore CT scanning machine at the Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Centre, a part of the Kasturba Hospital, here.

Mr. Khader said since taking over as minister he had received nearly 1,500 transfer requests from government doctors. A majority of them have sought transfer stating that their family members were ill. There isn’t a single letter suggesting measures to improve the functioning of the department. There is a need for students to be told about their responsibility to the society.

He said the government had chalked out several plans to improve healthcare in the State including eradication of anaemia. “Just as we have eradicated polio we will also ensure that iron deficiency among children is checked. Most of the children suffer from iron deficiency and they are not aware if it. They will come to know about the problem as they grow iron deficiency led to other complications,” he said.

Launch

Mr. Khader said that Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will launch the nation-wide programme to eradicate anaemia in Bangalore on Wednesday. Mr. Khader said that his aim was not to build more hospitals, but to step up disease prevention. The department will hold health check-up camps every year in rural areas to check blood sugar levels and blood pressure of people aged above 30. “We also have plans to screen people for cancer symptoms,” he said.

He lauded Manipal University’s proposal to take Mangalore Assembly constituency under its Arogya Suraksha scheme. “I support any participation by private organisations for the benefit of society,” Mr. Khader, who is elected from Mangalore, said.

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