KARNATAKA

Rural health mission gets under way

Staff Correspondent

`Arogya melas' to held at the taluk and hobli levels `Arogya melas' to be held at the taluk and hobli levels

MYSORE: The National Rural Health Mission is under way in Mysore district. The project that has been launched in 18 States is being launched in the southern States, including Karnataka, in the second phase.

Under the project, the Department of Health is planning to organise `arogya melas' in all taluks in the district to educate rural masses on issues related to health.

A five-day campaign on the mission has been launched in 40 villages, including ten in the backward taluk of Heggadadevana Kote, in the seven taluks. A multimedia drive to distribute handbills and other publicity materials has also been launched.

Sources in the Health Department told The Hindu that `arogya melas' on the lines of the ongoing such mela in Mysore might be held at the taluk and hobli levels.

"The Government has also shown interest in backing such initiatives," they said.

Unlike such initiatives in the past, the three-day `arogya mela" in Mysore, which concludes on Sunday, was organised under NRHM with support from non-governmental organisations.

As many as 200 doctors from hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs) in the district offered treatment to those who visited the mela. Representatives of private hospitals such as Vikram Hospital, Gopalagowda Hospital and JSS Hospital participated.

The health authorities were referring select cases for higher medical treatment in government as well as private hospitals here, after screening at the mela.

A knee joint replacement case from the mela has been referred to the Krishnarajendra Hospital where the Chief Minister's Health Fund can be made use for emergency medical interventions.

PHC facilities

The health authorities are now asking the rural people to avail themselves of services offered by doctors at PHCs, where the Government was distributing medicines including expensive life-saving drugs. "There was a time when villagers used to visit general and taluk hospitals because of lack of medicines at the PHCs. But the situation has changed now. Medical officers at PHCs are at your service, so make use of them, is the new slogan," they add.