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For better health: S. Bangarappa, Shimoga MP, inaugurating a two-day health check-up camp in Shimoga on Monday.
For better health: S. Bangarappa, Shimoga MP, inaugurating a two-day health check-up camp in Shimoga on Monday.

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SHIMOGA: S. Bangarappa, Shimoga MP, said on Monday that the Government should sanction a grant of Rs. 100 crore every year to district general hospitals to help them in treating major diseases such as cancer.

Inaugurating a district-level health check-up camp organised by the district administration, zilla panchayat and the Department of Health and Family Welfare on the premises of the Mcgann Hospital here, he said that health services could not be improved merely by increasing building facilities of the hospitals.

Quality treatment

“Improvement in the quality of treatment is also equally important,” he added.

He said that there was a need to ensure quality medical treatment to the poor. This was possible if the elected representatives took steps in this regard.

Mr. Bangarappa said that the general hospitals should be strengthened on priority so that they could provide better health services to the poor.

Lauded

The former Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy, who presided over the function, lauded the efforts of the Health Department in holding the “Arogya Mela” with a view to extending medical services to the poor.

The former Minister hoped that the taluk-level health check-up camps, which preceded the district-level camp, would go a long way in improving the people’s health in rural areas.

The president of the Shimoga City Municipal Council, M. Shankar, said that it had been decided to take up a special programme to ensure cleanliness in the city.

Provision

A provision for this would be made in the budget of the city municipal council, he added.

The MLC, Mir Azeez Ahmed, and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Health and Education of the zilla panchayat, H.C. Basavarajappa, spoke. The Deputy Commissioner, T.K. Anilkumar, the Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, P. Bore Gowda, the vice-president of the zilla panchayat, Jyotyi S. Kumar, and the Director of the Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences, H.T. Chidanand, were among those who participated in the function.

The District Health and Family Welfare Officer, R. Tippeshi, spoke about the importance of holding “Arogya Melas”.

The District Surgeon, Nanda Shinghe, welcomed the gathering.

Geeta Sunilkumar proposed a vote of thanks.

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