The State government has included Mangalore in the list of cities sent to the Centre to implement the proposed National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), said Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader here on Tuesday.

He was speaking following a visit to the city where he inaugurated a private homeopathy clinic.

If the Central government agreed, Mangalore would be part of the mission, which aims at addressing the primary healthcare challenges of the urban poor, particularly slum-dwellers.

He said the Cabinet held a meeting last week where they included Mangalore as part of the list.

The name of Mangalore was sent as the “Centre asked for one more proposal”. As of now, the names of four cities (Bangalore, Mysore, Bagalkot and Ullal) from the State have been submitted.

These cities and towns had been approved by the Centre for implementing the health mission.

Replying to a question on why the gutka ban was still not completely enforced, he said more staff was required to implement it strictly. He said more time was needed to ensure that the ban is implemented fully.

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