Minister says the team consists of two doctors, two nurses and an ophthalmologist

Every taluk in the State will have two “district health teams” consisting of two doctors, two nurses, and one ophthalmologist equipped with a vehicle, to visit government and aided schools in the taluk, to identify and take preventive health action, said U.T. Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

He was speaking at the inauguration of “Renewing efforts, magnifying health”, an awareness campaign in malaria and dengue prevention, organised by Health Concern Foundation, in collaboration with District Health and Family Welfare, Mangalore and Mangalore City Corporation, on Saturday.

Mr. Khader said the government was considering disclosure of a person’s status on diabetes and hypertension (after the age of 35) mandatory while filling up application forms for driving license and other such requirements.

Ruling out any proposal to set up more health centres, Mr. Khader said the government’s focus would be on strengthening the existing PHCs. Controlling dengue and malaria is very difficult unless people, especially the youth, play a role. Besides maintaining cleanliness at home, it is necessary to keep the surroundings clean, he said and urged people to inform the PHC or the District Health Officer if they come across any cases of dengue.

The Hindu was the media partner of the event.

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