Chandigarh:Special health checkups for 11,178 ANMs and ASHAs across the state have been conducted under the free annual preventive health check-up (FAPHC)
programme in all the community health centres (CHCs).
This was stated by Punjab Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education and Research Minister Brahm Mohindra here on Sunday. He stated that this initiative was dedicated towards better health of these female workers associated with the department to mark women’s day.
These female workers were screened for diseases like anaemia, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver diseases etc.
The minister said that the objective of this initiative was to educate women in reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases and laid emphasis upon importance of preventive health
He said the Health Department envisaged that these health workers (ANMs and ASHAs) would in turn motivate more and more people, especially the women to avail the preventive health check-up facility under FAPHC.
Brahm Mohindra disclosed that under this initiative, maximum number of female workers who came forward for preventive health check-ups were in the districts of Amritsar (2,924), Ludhiana (1,049) and Jalandhar (1,024).
He said that out of the total 11,178 ANMs and ASHAs screened, 1, 663 were found to be anaemic, 516 suffering with obesity, 1,396 suffering with hypertension and 642 were found diabetic.
Apart from this, 10 were found to be suffering from suspected liver ailment, two from suspected breast cancer and seven from suspected cervix cancer.
The minister said that under the FAPHC programme, basic investigations like blood pressure, hemoglobin, blood sugar, kidney and liver function tests and consultation by doctors are conducted free of cost for all 30-plus citizens of Punjab who are willing to get themselves screened for such diseases on every Saturday across all the community health centers of the state
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Punjab, Vini Mahajan stated that the motive behind this gesture was to generate further awareness among women regarding their health issues.
As the awareness among the women regarding preventive health check-up will increase, more and more women without any pre-diagnosed diseases are likely to come forward for routine preventive health checkups.
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