On the occasion of World Health Day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again stressed on the necessity of free health services for the people.
Taking to her Twitter account, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldHealthDay. We have already ensured ‘Health for All’ in #Bengal. Healthcare is free in all government hospitals in the state. We have built 43 new multi/superspeciality hospitals at the sub-divisional level, bringing great relief to the common people #HealthyBengal.”
In another tweet, she said: “We have given centrality to the health of mother and child in our ‘Health for All’ programme, as a result of which IMR has gone down from 32 to 25 and MMR from 113 to 101. Institutional delivery has improved to 97.5% #HealthyBengal #WorldHealthDay.” It may be mentioned here that after becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee had launched a number of projects for expectant mothers and newborn infants.
These projects have brought about a great deal of improvements in the health sector, thereby reducing the infant mortality rate. Her government has also contributed towards increasing institutional deliveries in the state. Speaking on the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme, Banerjee tweeted: “We have recently launched ‘Swasthya Sathi’ health insurance cards, which will cover 7.5 crore people in the State. The cards are being issued in the name of women, recognising them as head of family #HealthyBengal #WorldHealthDay.” Meanwhile, the city on Sunday celebrated World Health Day through various programmes. A free medical health checkup camp was also organised at NSCBI Airport for all the passengers and staff members, while the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Hospital organised a free screening camp and an awareness programme.
Dr Ashis Mukhopadhyay, medical director of the hospital, said that Cancer is spreading rapidly all over the world. Around 70 – 80 % cancer cases are detected at late stages, when treatment is not possible. However, one can help reduce the risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking. It’s also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early.
Cancer screening tests aim to detect cancer as early as possible, before it causes symptoms and when it may be easier to treat successfully. “We have developed a new 101 bed cancer hospital with all modern amenities like radiotherapy, modern and targeted chemotherapy, modern surgery including HIPEC surgery, nuclear medicine and modern diagnostics including PET CT scan. We are organising a free screening camp and awareness seminar on cancer prevention and early detection for preventable cancers like oral cavity cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer,” said Dr Mukhopadhyay.
The Bengal branch of the Indian Dental association, in assistance with IDA’s Kolkata and suburban branch, celebrated the day by organising scientific seminars on ‘Basic Life Support’ at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital.
Dr Raju Biswas, secretary, IDA’s Bengal branch, stated: “Cancer has become the most alarming issue in recent times. The only way to fight it is quick identification of the disease. Our aim is to spread the key points of identification of cancer among the people.” – Millennium Post