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It will cause health problems for children, Barnala cautions parents `NGOs should chalk out plans in coordination with educational institutions to conduct yoga and meditation classes'

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala has called upon schools to ban the sale of junk food in their canteens.

Distributing the Dr. K.S. Sanjivi awards to doctors and institutions here on Saturday, Mr. Barnala said: "Today, the children and youth in urban areas are seen taking more junk food. This will lead to ... health problems. Parents should view this seriously."

Stressing the need for parents, teachers and non-governmental organisations to inculcate good habits in children and youth, the Governor said NGOs should chalk out plans in coordination with educational institutions to conduct yoga and meditation classes.

He commended the service rendered by the Confederation of Indian Organisations for Service and Advocacy (CIOSA) and Udhavum Ullangal and said arrangements must be made for specialist doctors to visit villages at least twice a month.

The Governor distributed the awards to The Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Tambaram Sanatorium, and the Aravind Sai Eye Hospital.

The five doctors who got the awards were V. Pugazhendi, K. Muralidaran, M. Krishnakanth, S. Balambal and M.S. Chandragupta. K. Pandiarajan of the CIOSA said the award had been presented to "doctors with a heart." The recognition was for service and not for proficiency.

M.K. Srinivasan of the Public Health Centre said money was only incidental to medical profession, in which the sense of duty was paramount.

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